Sidney Fountain, Stafford,

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Date:1889

Description:This drinking fountain was 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.

To the left is Foregate Street.


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1880s
Mayor's Procession, Stafford
Mayor's Procession, Stafford

View of Gaol Square. In the distance can be seen Foregate Street, on the left, ...

1910s
Pageant Procession, Gaol Road, Stafford
Pageant Procession, Gaol Road, Stafford

The parade of decorated floats seen in Gaol Road during the annual Trades and Friendly ...

1940s
Gaol Square, Stafford
Gaol Square, Stafford

The four-dial clock was presented by George Bruckshaw in 1916, to celebrate his ...

1970s
Gaolgate Street, Stafford,
Gaolgate Street, Stafford,

View of Gaolgate Street from Gaol Square, with Woolworths and the entrance to the ...

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Donor ref:P81.002.0001 (18/1644)

Source: Staffordshire Museum Service

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