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Village Fountain

A Grade II Listed Building in St Arvans, Monmouthshire

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Coordinates

Latitude: 51.6648 / 51°39'53"N

Longitude: -2.6977 / 2°41'51"W

OS Eastings: 351840

OS Northings: 196453

OS Grid: ST518964

Mapcode National: GBR JL.6841

Mapcode Global: VH87M.6F54

Entry Name: Village Fountain

Listing Date: 18 July 1997

Last Amended: 14 February 2001

Grade: II

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 18574

Building Class: Water Supply and Drainage

Location: Prominently sited on the west side of the road junction between the main A466, Devauden Road and Fordwich Close. Set into the tarmac with a circular stone border.

County: Monmouthshire

Town: Chepstow

Community: St. Arvans

Community: St. Arvans

Built-Up Area: St Arvans

Traditional County: Monmouthshire

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History

Erected in 1893 following a decision by Monmouthshire County Council to erect fountains at a cost of £5 to £7. St. Arvans was able to afford a much grander public fountain costing £30 because of additional funds being made available locally. It was manufactured by the Sun Foundry, Glasgow, the Iron Stores Company, Chepstow and Monmouthshire County Council. The Glasgow foundry providing the decorative work, the mechanical element coming from Chepstow and the stone base built by the local authority. Originally the fountain was located on the opposite corner between Devauden Road and the A 466, and was moved across to its present position in the early 1930s when the road junction was redesigned; the water supply was disconnected at this time.

Exterior

Fine painted cast-iron fountain on a circular stone base. Broad circular bowl with ribbed detail. To the centre is a square fountain unit with slits to base; stamped The Iron Store Company Chepstow. Above is an octagonal stem entwined with four fish and with brackets and a ball and spike finial to the top; all out of the Sun Foundry catalogue. The brackets have hooks on them for hanging water pails. To the north and south, set on projecting plinths, are figures of children with upturned ewers. The base has a drain to the north.

Reasons for Listing

Listed as a fine, and prominently sited, Victorian public fountain.

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