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Detail from: Memorial to 158 Squadron by Peter W. Naylor, 2009

Monument to Richard Eve

Summary

Type Medallion , Fountain

     Fountain in 29 feet high and made from glazed Doulton ware, treated in colours of green, terracotta and bronze. On two sides are drinking bowls, on a third a portrait medallion of Richard Eve by Mr Broad of Chaddesley Corbett, on the fourth are Masonic emblems. On one side is the Borough Coat of Arms and motto. The fountain is square in section with canted corners, non-classical pilasters and a balustraded parapet with ball finials at the corners, there is an octagonal top section with a fluted dome roof and ball finial.
     Soon after his death a committee was appointed under Councillor T. Griffin ant it recommended that a suitable memorial would be a drinking fountain on the highest part of Brinton Park. The memorial was unveiled on Saturday 14 June 1902 by Miss C A Adam, daughter of the Mayor Peter Adam. There were speeches from the Mayor, the architect and from Sir Frederick Godson M.P. The fountain cost £540.(1) At the time of visiting the fountain was protected by a temporary fence.
     A native of Kidderminster, Richard Eve was born December 6th 1831 and died July 7th 1900. A Mason, he was Grand Treasurer of England in 1889 and for years Chairman of the Masonic Boys' School.

Inscriptions

'RICHARD EVE / Born December 6th 1831 / Died July 7th 1900' (South face under portrait). 'CHIVALROUS / BY NATURE AND FIRED / WITH THE ENTHUSIASM / OF HUMANITY, HE RESISTED / OPPRESSION AND DID / BATTLE FOR RIGHT.' (West face) 'CHARITY WAS EVER HIS AIM. DEVOTED TO MASONIC CRAFT HE WAS GRAND TREASURER OF ENGLAND IN 1889 AND FOR YEARS CHAIRMAN OF THE MASONIC BOYS' SCHOOL.' (East face) 'DEO SUVANTE ART ET INDUSTRIA FLORET / TO KEEP HIS MEMORY GREEN IN HIS NATIVE TOWN, WHICH HE ARDENTLY LOVED, ADMIRING FRIENDS HAVE RAISED THIS MEMORIAL.'

Contributor details

Contributor Role
Pritchard, John Architect
Broad, Mr Sculptor

Element details

Part of work Material Dimensions
None glazed Doulton ware 890 cm high approx.

PMSA recording information

Reference Region
WOwfKIxx001 BM
General condition Poor
Surface condition
  • Abrasions, cracks, splits
Structural condition
  • Broken, missing parts
Vandalism
  • None
Road None
Precise location Brinton Park
A-Z ref None
OS ref SO825757
Date of design None
Year of unveiling 1902
Unveiling details 14 June 1902
Commissioned by Committee chaired by Councillor T. Griffin
Duty of care unknown - work is monitored by District Council
Listing status II
At risk? No known risk

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