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