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Drinking Fountain

A Grade II Listed Building in Southampton, City of Southampton

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Latitude: 50.9039 / 50°54'13"N

Longitude: -1.4019 / 1°24'6"W

OS Eastings: 442149

OS Northings: 111771

OS Grid: SU421117

Mapcode National: GBR RQY.XN

Mapcode Global: FRA 76YQ.9N1

Entry Name: Drinking Fountain

Listing Date: 8 October 1981

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1178903

English Heritage Legacy ID: 135849

Location: Southampton, SO14

County: City of Southampton

Electoral Ward/Division: Bargate

Built-Up Area: Southampton

Traditional County: Hampshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Hampshire

Church of England Parish: Southampton City Centre St Mary

Church of England Diocese: Winchester

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Listing Text

This list entry was subject to a Minor Amendment on 20/12/2012

SU 4211 4/155

Drinking Fountain


Dated 1859 with granite inscription. Built of stone. Tapering square pillar of small blocks of rusticated ashlar with cornice, pediments on all 4 sides, the whole surmounted by ball finial. Stone seats at base on all 4 sides. Two iron lions' head masks. Presented by the Victorian Philanthropst Charles Pierre Melly (1829-1888). Melly erected the first free public drinking fountains in England in Liverpool in 1854. The idea was subsequently copied in towns and cities throughout the country, and in Scotland and Ireland. London's first fountain was not erected until five years later in 1859. He was also a promoter of physical fitness and the early Olympic movement in Britain.

Listing NGR: SU4255313582

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