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Waldegrave Memorial Drinking Fountain

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Author: Anthony McIntosh
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Location

Street:Robertson Street
Town:Hastings
Parish:Hastings
Council:Hastings Borough Council
County:East Sussex
Postcode:TN34
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Object setting:Road or Wayside
Access is:Public
Location note:Junction of Robertson Street and Trinity Street
In the AZ book:East Sussex
Page:127
Grid reference:L7
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.

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Makers

Name : Samuel Sanders Teulon
     Role:Architect

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General Information

Commissioned by: Public subscription
Construction period:1861
Installation date:1861
Work is:Extant
Owner custodian:Hastings Borough Council
Object listing:Grade II: of special interest warranting every effort to preserve them
Listing date:14/09/1976
Description:Gothic style drinking fountain with bowls on three sides (S, N and E). Set on a single stepped curved base. Above each bowl is a carved red granite plaque set into the stone. Beneath a groined canopy and spire over the fountains are represented figures of Christ and the Woman of Samaria. The canopy is surmounted by richly carved finials and supported by four red granite columns. At the corners originally stood figures of the four evangelists.
Inscription:South face, red granite plaque with incised black painted letters:

TO SARAH
COUNTESS OF WALDEGRAVE.
IN GRATEFUL COMMEMORATION
OF THE CONSTANT SUPPORT
AFFORDED BY HER
TO THE
RELIGIOUS AND BENEVOLENT
INSTITUTIONS OF THE BOROUGH
AND NEIGHBOURHOOD

East face, red granite plaque with incised black painted letters:

JESUS + SAID
WHOSOEVER
DRINKETH OF THIS WATER
SHALL THIRST AGAIN
BUT
WHOSOEVER DRINKETH
OF THE WATER
THAT I SHALL
GIVE HIM
+ SHALL NEVER THIRST +

North face, red granite plaque with incised black painted letters:

ERECTED 1861
BY SUBSCRIPTION
BY THE INHABITANTS OF
HASTINGS AND ST LEONARDS
INCLUDING
THE PENCE OF CHILDREN
AND YOUNG PERSONS
EDUCATED IN THE
NATIONAL SCHOOLS

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Classification

Categories:Roadside / Wayside, Commemorative, Functional
Object type1:Fountain
     Object subtype1:Drinking Fountain
Subject type1:Figurative
     Subject subtype1:Group

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Object Parts

Part 1:Curved base
     Material:Stone
     Height (cm):14
     Width (cm):234
     Depth (cm):224
Part 2:Inscribed panels
     Material:Red granite (polished)
     Height (cm):87
     Width (cm):78
Part 3:Upper section
     Material:Portland stone
     Height (cm):210
     Width (cm):87
     Depth (cm):87
Part 4:Lower section & fountain
     Material:Portland stone
     Height (cm):203
     Width (cm):148
     Depth (cm):148

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Object Condition

Overall condition:Fair
Risk assessment:At risk
Condition 1 of type:Structural
     Condition 1: Cracks, splits, breaks, holes
     Condition 2: Broken or missing parts
     More details:Top of the spire missing. Statues of the four evagelists missing from the canopy. No taps or cups at any of the fountains
Condition 2 of type:Surface
     Condition 1: Surface spalling, crumbling
     Condition 2: Abrasions, cracks, splits
     Condition 3: Corrosion, Deterioration
     More details:Severe weather wearing to all sides. Figure of Christ severely damaged.
Date of on-site inspection:15/10/2007

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History

History:Countess Waldegrave had been born Sarah Whitear, daughter of the Rector of Hastings Old Town. She first married local landowner Edward Milward Jnr. Who was Mayor of Hastings 20 times before his death in 1833. Then 13 years later she married William, Earl of Waldegrave, a senior naval officer and M.P. who died in 1859. The Countess laid the foundation stones of many of Hastings' churches and provided a public wash house for the Old Town. The monument was planned as a tribute to her generosity.
(The Evening Argus. 20 August 1990. p9)

Sarah Whitear (died 1873) was the daughter of Reverend William Whitear. She married Vice-Admiral William Waldegrave (1788-1959), 8th Earl of Waldegrave son of George Waldegrave (1751-1789), 4th Earl Waldegrave and Lady Elizabeth Laura Waldegrave (1760-1816).
Hard archive file:Yes

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References

Source 1 :
     Title:Oxford Art Journal
     Type:Journal
     Date:22/01/1916
     Page:65
     Publisher:Oxford University Press. London.

Source 2 :
     Title:'Statues and Memorials in Hastings and St. Leonards: a report on condition and conservation options'
     Type:Archive
     Author:Dinsmore, Jennifer.
     Location:Hastings Borough Council
     Date:00/00/1997
     Publisher:Hastings Museum and Art Gallery


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Date: 15/10/2007
Author: Anthony McIntosh
Copyright: Creative Commons




Date: 15/10/2007
Author: Anthony McIntosh
Copyright: Creative Commons




Date: 15/10/2007
Author: Anthony McIntosh
Copyright: Creative Commons




Date: 15/10/2007
Author: Anthony McIntosh
Copyright: Creative Commons

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