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The Shakespeare Memorial Fountain (American Fountain)
The Shakespeare Memorial Fountain (American Fountain)
The Shakespeare Memorial Fountain (American Fountain)
The Shakespeare Memorial Fountain (American Fountain)
The Shakespeare Memorial Fountain (American Fountain)
The Shakespeare Memorial Fountain (American Fountain)
The Shakespeare Memorial Fountain (American Fountain)
The Shakespeare Memorial Fountain (American Fountain)
The Shakespeare Memorial Fountain (American Fountain)
The Shakespeare Memorial Fountain (American Fountain)
The Shakespeare Memorial Fountain (American Fountain)
The Shakespeare Memorial Fountain (American Fountain)
The Shakespeare Memorial Fountain (American Fountain)
The Shakespeare Memorial Fountain (American Fountain)
The Shakespeare Memorial Fountain (American Fountain)
The Shakespeare Memorial Fountain (American Fountain)
The Shakespeare Memorial Fountain (American Fountain)
The Shakespeare Memorial Fountain (American Fountain)
The Shakespeare Memorial Fountain (American Fountain)
The Shakespeare Memorial Fountain (American Fountain)
The Shakespeare Memorial Fountain (American Fountain)
The Shakespeare Memorial Fountain (American Fountain)

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A gift to Stratford-upon-Avon in dedication to William Shakespeare and in celebration of Queen Victoria's Jubilee. A commemorative clock tower incorporating horse troughs and a drinking fountain. The tower has a square plan with projecting buttresses placed diagonally at the four corners. A tall conical spire with gargoyles taking the form of different animals, and smaller cylindrical turrets with conical spirelets to each corner, topped with decorative, wrought-iron vanes, as to the central spire.
Title

The Shakespeare Memorial Fountain (American Fountain)

Date

1886–1887

Medium

Yorkshire stone & Peterhead granite

Measurements

H 1800 x W (?) x D (?) cm

Accession number

CV37_JB_S001

Acquisition method

gifted by the American publisher George William Childs

Work type

Clock tower

Owner

Stratford-on-Avon District Council

Custodian

Stratford-on-Avon District Council

Work status

extant

Listing status

Grade II* (England and Wales)

Unveiling date

17th October 1887

Listing date

25/10/51

Access

at all times

Inscription description

the base of the memorial bears the following inscriptions – south side, serif, centralised: 'THE GIFT OF AN AMERICAN CITIZEN / GEORGE W. CHILDS. OF PHILADELPHIA / TO THE TOWN OF SHAKESPEARE, / IN THE JUBILEE YEAR OF QUEEN VICTORIA'; east side, serif, centralised: 'IN HER DAYS, EVERY MAN SHALL EAT IN SAFETY / UNDER HIS OWN VINE, WHAT HE PLANTS; AND SING / THE MERRY SONGS OF PEACE TO ALL HIS NEIGHBOURS. / GOD SHALL BE TRULY KNOWN; AND THOSE ABOUT HER / FROM HER SHALL READ THE PERFECT WAYS OF HONOUR, / AND BY THOSE CLAIM THEM GREATNESS, NOT BY BLOOD" / HENRY VIII, ACT., SCENE IV'; north face, serif, centralised: 'HONEST WATER / WHICH NE'ER LEFT MAN I THE MIRE'; north east buttress: 'THIS STONE WAS LAID BY LADY HODGSON / JUNE 20TH, 1887 / ARTHUR HODGSON K.C.M.G. / MAYOR.'; north west buttress: 'THIS FOUNTAIN WAS UNVEILED BY / HENRY IRVING / 17TH OCTOBER 1887'; west side, serif, centralised: 'TEN THOUSAND HONOURS AND BLESSINGS / ON THE BARD / WHO HAS GUILDED THE DULL REALITIES OF LIFE / WITH INNOCENT ILLUSIONS' / WASHINGTON IRVING'S 'STRATFORD-ON-AVON'

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Located at

Rother Market Square, Stratford-upon-Avon

CV37 6NE

Located on the corner of Rother Street and Alcester Road.