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

Arthur Wilkinson Memorial Fountain

Summary

Type Fountain

     The outlet for the fountain is in the centre of a recessed arch surmounted by a scroll-like design. The spout originally came out from the middle of a roundel decorated with three fishes. To each side there are flowers with long stems and long sword-like leaves which may possibly be tulips. Below is a small bowl to catch the water from the spout, with two small scrolls to either side. At the base is another shallow bowl, no doubt intended to provide drinking water for thirsty dogs. The head of the fountain is ornately curved in a rococo fashion, and contains another floriate design.
     Burslem Park was opened on 30 August 1894. A number of prominent local people donated terracotta furniture and other sculpture to the Park at or around this time, including a statue of a water nymph given by the pottery manufacturer, Henry Doulton. However, little of it survives today as a result of a combination of vandalism and neglect.(1)
    

Inscriptions

(upper part of fountain, above outlet and bowl): THE ARTHUR WILKINSON MEMORIAL FOUNTAIN/Erected by his mother & sisters

Contributor details

Contributor Role
unknown, None Designer

Element details

Part of work Material Dimensions
Fountain Red terracotta 2m high x 1.3m wide

PMSA recording information

Reference Region
STskBUxx017 BM
General condition Fair
Surface condition
  • Bird guano
  • Accretions
Structural condition
  • Broken, missing parts
Vandalism
  • None
Road Moorland Road
Precise location within Burslem Park
A-Z ref 42 1A
OS ref None

Sorry, we have no precise geographical information for this item.

Date of design 1890s
Year of unveiling 1890s
Unveiling details 1890s
Commissioned by Arthur Wilkinson's mother and sisters
Duty of care Stoke on Trent City Council
Listing status Not listed
At risk? No known risk

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