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Castello Drinking Fountain

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Author: Anthony McIntosh
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Location

Street:Marina
Town:St. Leonards on Sea
Parish:Hastings
Council:Hastings Borough Council
County:East Sussex
Postcode:TN38
Location on Google Map
Object setting:Road or Wayside
Access is:Public
Location note:On the Esplanade to the east of the Marina car park
In the AZ book:East Sussex
Page:127
Grid reference:H8
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 : Unknown

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General Information

Commissioned by: James Castello
Installation date:1908
Work is:Extant
Owner custodian:Hastings Borough Council
Description:The fountain comprises a circular pedestal on which sits a rectangular structure made of panels which originally held the plumbing for the fountain. There are columns at each corner which support capitals, on which rests a baldacchino. The pedestal rests on a plinth which in turn rests on two steps. There are two blocks on the east and west sides to provide access to the basins on these sides.
Inscription:South face, black painted lead letters:

THIS DRINKING FOUNTAIN
HAS
BEEN ERECTED BY
JAMES CASTELLO
IN AFFECTIONATE MEMORY
OF HIS BELOVED WIFE
EDITH
WHO PASSED AWAY
24TH JUNE 1907

1908

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Classification

Categories:Roadside / Wayside, Free Standing, Commemorative, Functional
Object type1:Fountain
     Object subtype1:Drinking Fountain
Subject type1:Non-figurative

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Object Parts

Part 1:Whole structure
     Material:None
     Height (cm):245
     Width (cm):250
     Depth (cm):250
Part 2:Corner columns and plinth
     Material:Grey granite
Part 3:Capitals and baldacchino
     Material:Fossiliferous limestone
Part 4:Circular pedestal
     Material:Petershead granite
Part 5:Rectangular structure
     Material:Panels of Petershead granite
Part 6:Steps
     Material:York stone

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Object Condition

Overall condition:Fair
Risk assessment:At risk
Condition 1 of type:Surface
     Condition 1: Surface spalling, crumbling
     Condition 2: Abrasions, cracks, splits
     Condition 3: Corrosion, Deterioration
     More details:The baldacchino and the capital are severely weather worn, particularly on the south face – very little of the detailed carving remains visible.
Condition 2 of type:Structural
     Condition 1: Broken or missing parts
     Condition 2: Replaced parts
     More details:The fountain apparently had a finial and it is understood that this has been removed for safe keeping. The corner of the stepping block on the east face has been broken off. The fountain has been connected to the main and does work through modern taps. There appears to be a rather unsightly repair to the panel on the north side – where a small rectangle of similar granite appears to have been attached to the surface of the existing panel.
Date of on-site inspection:24/05/2007

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History

Hard archive file:Yes

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References

Source 1 :
     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
     Page:13


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Date: 24/05/2007
Author: Anthony McIntosh
Copyright: Creative Commons




Date: 24/05/2007
Author: Anthony McIntosh
Copyright: Creative Commons




Date: 24/05/2007
Author: Anthony McIntosh
Copyright: Creative Commons




Date: 24/05/2007
Author: Anthony McIntosh
Copyright: Creative Commons

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