Drinking Fountain

Section 1: Identification
Reference Number: 
ESX_CB10_005
Section 2: Location
Street: 
Market Place
Name of Town/Village/City: 
Saffron Walden
County: 
Essex
Postcode: 
CB10 1JX
GPS Latitude: 
52*01’25.77”N
GPS Longitude: 
0*14’28.49”E
Precise Location (description): 
In the centre of the Market Square
Setting: 
Public Space
Road or Wayside
Access: 
At all times
Charges Might Apply: 
No
Section 3: Maker
Maker: 
Maker Forename: 
John Francis
Maker Surname: 
Bentley
Role: 
Designer
Date of Death: 
Sunday, March 2, 1902
Section 4: General Information
Design & Construction Period: 
1862
Work is: 
Extant
Listing Status: 
Grade II
Section 6: Object Part
Part: 
Part Name: 
Fountain
Material: 
Limestone, marble, sandstone
Height (cm): 
500.00
Width (cm): 
150.00
Depth (cm): 
150.00
Section 7: Condition Assessment
Person who Assessed Condition: 
David Martin
Surface Condition: 
Spalling, crumbling
Section 8: Other Object Information
Background Information: 
From Historic England Listing description Name: DRINKING FOUNTAIN List entry Number: 1196223 Ornamental drinking fountain in centre of square. 1862. Designed by J Bentley (Westminster Cathedral) to commemorate marriage of Edward, Prince of Wales. Purchased by G Stacey Gibson and exhibited at the Imperial Exhibition. In contrasting stone with spouts and bowl on E and W faces. Ascending from essentially cruciform base of red sandstone with stepped podium. Niche on N and S sides, S side contains animals' drinking bowl. White limestone stage with semicircular bowls in grey marble. Then, upper ornamental stages in oolitic limestone with green and red brecciated marble shafts, also inlaid work in marble and glass. Crenellated cornice with supporting corner shafts and corbel-table, then, surmounting gabled trefoiled niches with clustered corner shafts to each face containing Biblical figure sculpture with water or building themes. Above, stages reduce in 2 registers of castellated units with corner shafts supporting angle turrets, upper one has marble roundel with coloured marble ball pattern (in Venetian style) on each face, iron finial passes through iron circlet with glass bead ornamentation. (White M: Saffron Walden's History: Saffron Walden: 1991-: 134).
Section 9: References
References: 
Author: 
Historic England
Publisher URL: 
https://historicengland.org.uk/listing/the-list/list-entry/1196223
Date: 
Friday, July 7, 2017
Section 10: Data Information
Last Modification: 
Friday, July 7, 2017
Photographed by: 
David Martin