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Drinking Fountain

A Grade II Listed Building in Hackney, Hackney

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Latitude: 51.5259 / 51°31'33"N

Longitude: -0.0839 / 0°5'1"W

OS Eastings: 533023

OS Northings: 182519

OS Grid: TQ330825

Mapcode National: GBR T7.95

Mapcode Global: VHGQT.HXJ3

Plus Code: 9C3XGWG8+9F

Entry Name: Drinking Fountain

Listing Date: 4 February 1975

Last Amended: 28 August 2003

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1226614

English Heritage Legacy ID: 423978

Location: Hoxton and Shoreditch, Hackney, London, EC2A

County: Hackney

Electoral Ward/Division: Hoxton East & Shoreditch

Built-Up Area: Hackney

Traditional County: Middlesex

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Greater London

Church of England Parish: St Leonard with S Michael, Shoreditch

Church of England Diocese: London

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735/35/221 PAUL STREET
28-AUG-03 Drinking Fountain
Drinking Fountain
Drinking Fountain
(Formerly listed as:
Drinking fountain at junction with Pit
field Street and Old Street)

Columnar drinking fountain. 1880 by A Nicholson.
MATERIALS: Pink and grey polished granite, bronze finial fittings.
DESCRIPTION: 2 granite steps lead up to tall grey granite plinth with semi-circular basins projecting from all 4 sides, backed by arched niches. Narrower upper plinth inscribed on 2 sides; 1876 METROPOLITAN BOARD OF WORKS and VESTRY OF ST LEONARD, SHOREDITCH. Further inscriptions read (south side) GREAT EASTERN STREET OPENED BY THE METROPOLITAN BOARD OF WORKS 1876 and (north) NEITHER IS HE THAT PLANTETH ANYTHING; NEITHER HE THAT WATERETH BUT GOD THAT GIVE THE INCREASE (I Cor. 3:7). Above this a tall Ionic column of polished red granite with sandstone capital (discoloured) and a ball finial in the form of an orb. 8 red granite bollards surround the erection, North face of upper plinth inscribed: "This column erected by the Vestry of St Leonard, Shoreditch, 1880" and artist's name.
HISTORY: the fountain was erected to ornament Great Eastern Street, an important new thoroughfare connecting Commercial Street and the docks with the principal east-west route to the north of the City. The designer, A. Nicholson, was a local stone merchant based nearby in Mark Lane. The fountain was moved a short distance to the south-east as part of a programme of street improvements overseen by Transport for London in 2002/3.

Listing NGR: TQ3301282505

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