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Curling Drinking Fountain

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Location

Street:Marine Parade
Town:Eastbourne
Parish:Eastbourne
Council:Eastbourne Borough Council
County:East Sussex
Postcode:BN21
Location on Google Map
Object setting:Road or Wayside
Access is:Public
Location note:Seahouses Square, junction of Marine Parade and Royal Parade
In the AZ book:East Sussex
Page:161
Grid reference:N4
The A-Z books used are A-Z East Sussex and A-Z West Sussex (Editions 1A 2005). Geographers' A-Z Map Company Ltd. Sevenoaks.
Previous location:Middle of the road in Seaside, near the junction of Leaf Hall Rd
Previous location:The corner at the junction of Langney Road and Seaside (moved in 2000)

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Makers

Name : Unknown

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General Information

Commissioned by: Mrs. Elizabeth Curling (1790-1873) of Kent Lodge, Seaside Road, Eastbourne (now Trinity Trees)
Construction period:1865
Installation date:1865
Unveiling date:14/09/1865
Work is:Extant
Owner custodian:Eastbourne Borough Council
Object listing:Grade II: of special interest warranting every effort to preserve them
Listing date:30/03/1992
Description:The fountain has a 3 stepped stone octagonal base, set in a pedestrionized area.The fountain is cast iron and on the NE face and SW face there is a drinking fountain bowl and tap. At the base is a drinking trough for animals. On the NW and SE faces of the middle section of the plinth are inscibed bronze plaques. Surmounted by sculptural entwined dolphins topped by a decorative lantern.
Inscription:On the shaft, SE face, bronze plaque inscribed (the word ‘Erected’ convexed):

ERECTED
A.D.
MDCCCLXV

JESUS SAID
WHOSOEVER DRINKETH
OF
THIS WATER
SHALL THIRST AGAIN
STJOHN IV.13

On the shaft, NW face from the sea, bronze plaque inscribed (the word ‘Erected’ convexed):

ERECTED
A.D.
MDCCCLXV

JESUS SAID

WHOSOEVER DRINKETH
OF THE WATER THAT
I SHALL GIVE HIM
SHALL NEVER THIRST
STJOHN IV.14

Underneath this inscription, on a small bronze plaque:

This drinking fountain was donated in September 1865
by Mrs. Elizabeth Curling (1790 – 1873), who lived
in Kent Lodge, Seaside Road (now Trinity Trees).
The fountain was originally located in the middle of the
road in Seaside, near the junction, near the junction of Leaf Hall Road.
It was first moved to the corner with Langney Road,
probably in the 1950’s before being restored
and relocated here on 21st December 2000.

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Classification

Categories:Sculptural, Roadside / Wayside, Functional, Free Standing
Object type1:Fountain
     Object subtype1:Drinking Fountain
Object type2:Shaft
     Object subtype1:Obelisk
Object type3:Sculpture
Subject type1:Figurative

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Object Parts

Part 1:Stepped base
     Material:Stone
     Height (cm):60
     Width (cm):335
     Depth (cm):335
Part 2:Plinth bottom section
     Material:Cast Iron
     Height (cm):73
     Width (cm):60
     Depth (cm):60
Part 3:Plinth middle section
     Material:Cast Iron
     Height (cm):95
     Width (cm):50
     Depth (cm):50
Part 4:Lantern
     Material:Cast iron
     Height (cm):150
     Width (cm):50
     Depth (cm):35

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Object Condition

Overall condition:Good
Risk assessment:No known risk
Condition 1 of type:Surface
     Condition 1: Corrosion, Deterioration
     More details:SE corner some corrosion to edge of plinth
Condition 2 of type:Structural
     Condition 1: Broken or missing parts
     More details:Cups missing
Date of on-site inspection:15/04/2007

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History

History:In its original position, the stepped base of the fountain was used as a platform for public speakers, particularly at election times. The Salvation Army held outdoor services at the Fountain regularly.
Hard archive file:Yes

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References

Source 1 :
     Title:The Eastbourne Gazette
     Type:Newspaper
     Date:13/09/1865

Source 2 :
     Title:'Eastbourne's Historic Street Furniture'
     Type:Book
     Author:Eastbourne Local History Society.
     Page:11
     Publisher:Eastbourne Local History Society.


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Date: 15/04/2007
Author: Anthony McIntosh
Copyright: Creative Commons




Date: 15/04/2007
Author: Anthony McIntosh
Copyright: Creative Commons




Date: 15/04/2007
Author: Anthony McIntosh
Copyright: Creative Commons




Date: 15/04/2007
Author: Anthony McIntosh
Copyright: Creative Commons

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