Samson statue from the Sidney Fountain, Stafford

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Date:1889

Description:This cast iron statue of Samson stood on top of the drinking fountain erected on Gaol Square in 1889 by the widow of Thomas Sidney, in memory of her husband.

Thomas Sidney was born in a house on Gaol Square (in 2004 occupied by Cafe Nero) in 1805. He was educated at Stafford Grammar School and went on to become Lord Mayor of London, 1853 - 1854.

The fountain had basins for both horses and dogs. It was crowned by a figure of Samson (seen here), but was later replaced by a third lamp, which in turn was replaced by a four-dial clock (presented by George Bruckshaw to celebrate his fifty years residence in Stafford in 1916).

The fountain was destroyed in 1928 when a motor van ran into it; the clock was later restored and mounted on a new post near to its original site.

This statue is all that remains of the original fountain and is now part of the Staffordshire Museum collections.


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Donor ref:97.050.0069 (37/15917)

Source: Staffordshire Museum Service

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