Remains of the Sidney Fountain, Stafford

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Date:May 1928

Description:The Sidney 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 (seen on the far right, it is 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, 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 May 1928 when a motor van ran into it; the clock was later restored and mounted on a new post near to its original site.

Photograph donated by Stafford Historical and Civic Society, who retain copyright ownership.


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Image courtesy of: Staffordshire County Records Office

Donor ref:County Record Office No., D4080/11/1, img: 1787 (18/2235)

Source: Staffordshire Museum Service

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