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Brentford Fountain Western International Market

A Grade II Listed Building in Hounslow, London

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Latitude: 51.4961 / 51°29'45"N

Longitude: -0.4048 / 0°24'17"W

OS Eastings: 510830

OS Northings: 178667

OS Grid: TQ108786

Mapcode National: GBR 3R.JM1

Mapcode Global: VHFTC.XNVG

Entry Name: Brentford Fountain Western International Market

Listing Date: 29 April 2003

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1096071

English Heritage Legacy ID: 490037

Location: Hounslow, London, UB2

County: London

District: Hounslow

Electoral Ward/Division: Heston West

Built-Up Area: Hounslow

Traditional County: Middlesex

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Greater London

Church of England Parish: St Dunstan Cranford

Church of England Diocese: London

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Listing Text

787/0/10164 HAYES ROAD
29-APR-03 Southall
Brentford Fountain, Western Internatio
nal Market


Drinking Fountain. 1877. Grey granite, cast iron railings and lamp standards. It takes the form of an octagonal spire standing on a tall middle section, square in plan, with a cornice and a gabled niche to each side, within which is a trefoil-headed panel with a shell motif to the top. Projecting bowls to each side. Engaged columns to each corner. This stands on a tall base with steps to east and west, and lamp standards to each corner: these are inscribed GEO SMITH & Co SUN FOUNDRY GLASGOW. Decorative Gothic Revival railings run along the north and south sides between posts, with quatrefoil bosses to the centres of X-framed panels. The east niche bears the original inscription which reads: 'The gift of Mrs Wheeler / the widow of / SAMUEL WHEELER Esq / formerly of / Barrow Hills Chertsey Surrey / and / Brunswick Terrace Brighton / 1877 / erected by the / Drinking Fountain & Cattle Trough / Association. Within the west nice is a bronze plaque erected by the London Borough of Hounslow commemorating the opening of the Western International Market here in 1974.
HISTORY: the fountain originally stood a short distance to the north-west of Kew Bridge, within Brentford Market. It was unveiled by HRH Princess Mary, Duchess of Teck, in July 1877. The fountain had been offered to the Metropolitan Board of Works for erection in central London along the Embankment, but the MBW declined; the donor was pleased to agree to the location at Kew Bridge, where it remained even after the Brentford Market was relocated to ease traffic congestion. It was legally adopted by the Brentford UDC in 1899. The fountain arrived at its present location in June 1974; the horse troughs formerly attached to the north and south sides were discarded in the process. Despite having been relocated, the fountain is a largely intact and unusually handsome example of the type. It formerly stood as a prominent Brentford landmark until its translation to Southall.
SOURCES: Middlesex Chronicle, 28 July 1877; James Marshall, 'History of the Great West Road' (1995), 12.

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