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

Adam Robertson Fountain


Type Fountain

     A working drinking fountain in the style of 'a phase of the Italian Renaissance.'(1) A square sandstone pedestal with chamfered corners supports an octagonal cornice from which rise eight polished pink granite columns. These bear an arcade with spandrels and keystones above which is a decorated frieze which includes Robertson's monogram and a masonic emblem. This is capped by a sandstone panelled dome with a bronze and glass lantern on top. There is a polished pink granite trough on the north side.
     The fountain was the gift of Alderman Adam Robertson, the founder of a successful local firm of decorators and a leading figure in Alnwick politics. Robertson offered to erect the fountain on 18th June 1890. His wife Nancy laid the foundation stone on 3rd February 1891 and Earl Percy declared the fountain open at a ceremony on 8th June 1891attended by the Northumberland Fusiliers band and a large group of freemasons.(2)


Inscised in pink granite on the north face of the pedestal in black Roman lettering: PRESENTED / BY / ADAM ROBERTSON / TO / HIS NATIVE TOWN / 1890 and below: OPENED BY EARL PERCY JUNE 8th 1891 Attached to the south face inscribed on a painted plaque in lettering: ROBERTSON'S PANT / THIS FOUNTAIN / OR PANT WAS ERECTED / IN 1890 BY ADAM ROBERTSON / LOCAL FREEMAN AND / BENEFACTOR AS A / GIFT TO HIS NATIVE TOWN / RESTORED 1986

Contributor details

Contributor Role
Not known, None Designer

Element details

Part of work Material Dimensions
Fountain Sandstone, polished pink granite, bronze and glass 438cm high x 236cm square

PMSA recording information

Reference Region
General condition Fair
Surface condition
  • Biological growth
Structural condition
  • Graffiti
Road Market Street
Precise location Opposite Town Hall
A-Z ref None
OS ref NU186133
Date of design 1891
Year of unveiling 1891
Unveiling details Unveiled 8th June 1891
Commissioned by Adam Robertson
Duty of care Alnwick District Council
Listing status II
At risk? No known risk

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