Twinned with the Whitley Pump – Elizabeth Curling drinking fountain, Eastbourne

This drinking fountain in Eastbourne has been moved around a bit. It is now on Sea Houses Square, just off Marine Parade and east of the pier.

It was originally in the middle of Seaside near Leaf Hall and later moved a short distance to the corner with Langney Road. It has been happily sitting at its present location since 21 December 2000.

Elizabeth Curling (1790-1873) lived on Trinity Trees and donated the fountain in 1865 after a serious scarlet fever outbreak in 1863 which was blamed on the water supply. Just like the Whitley Pump, the fountain was a popular meeting point and was known as ‘Speaker’s Corner’.

The biblical quotes on brass plaques on two sides of the fountain are from the gospel of St John, chapter 4 verses 13 and 14: “Jesus said ‘Whosoever drinketh of this water shall thirst again'” and “Jesus said ‘Whosoever drinketh of the water I shall give him shall never thirst'”.

Unfortunately the water spouts do not work and the drinking cups are missing. The lamp on top of the fountain may be a recent restoration as it is not mentioned in the Historic England Grade II list entry (1043623).

The fountain was made by Andrew Handyside & Co Ltd of Derby.

If you decide to go and visit the fountain in Eastbourne and get homesick you can always wander off to see Whitley Road.


Links
  1. East of the Pier Heritage Trail
  2. Friar Gate Bridge Derby – Curling Drinking Fountain
  3. Andrew Handyside & Co – Grace’s Guide
  4. English Heritage listing Drinking Fountain 1043623
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