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Ruskin Drinking Fountain

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Location

Street:The Street
Town:Fulking
Parish:Fulking
Council:Mid Sussex District Council
County:West Sussex
Postcode:BN5
Location on Google Map
Location note:North side, set into the wall opposite Laurel House
In the AZ book:West Sussex
Page:132
Grid reference:B3
The A-Z books used are A-Z East Sussex and A-Z West Sussex (Editions 1A 2005). Geographers' A-Z Map Company Ltd. Sevenoaks.
OS Reference:TQ2411

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General Information

Construction period:c 1886
Work is:Extant
Owner custodian:Fulking Parish Council
Object listing:Grade II: of special interest warranting every effort to preserve them
Description:Comprises central pointed brick arch with tap and metal rose for fountain above. Above is a pointed arched tiled surround with lettering ''To the glory of God'' and vestiges of waterlily tiles, the remainder replaced with plain brown tiles with glazed lettering. This is flanked by chamfered brick piers with stone heads and carved stone spandrels and further piers at side enclose stone seats. On either side are stone retaining walls, ramped up in the centre with brick dressings.
Signatures:Raised letters on cast iron plate inside alcove:
C.A. WELLS
ENGINEER
LEWES
Inscription:Decorated ceramic tiles, white arched banner with:

TO THE GLORY OF GOD

Underneath is a glazed pictorial depiction of Spring flowers, followed by further tiles with a quotation from Psalm 78:

AND • IN • HONOUR • OF • JOHN • RUSKIN
PSALM LXXVIII
That they might set their hope
in God and not forget
But keep his Commandments
Who brought Streams also
out of the rock

Inscribed stone plaque on wall to left of fountain:

THE FOUNTAIN
Built c 1886 – restored 1995
In memory of Bill Purkiss
Chairman of
Fulking Parish Council
1960 – 1985

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Classification

Categories:Commemorative, Architectural, Functional
Object type1:Fountain
     Object subtype1:Drinking Fountain
Subject type1:Pictorial

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Object Parts

Part 1:Plaque
     Material:Glazed ceramic tiles
     Height (cm):100
     Width (cm):130
Part 2:Whole structure
     Material:Brick, stone and ceramic tile
     Height (cm):260
     Width (cm):270
     Depth (cm):77
Part 3:Alcove
     Material:Stone
     Height (cm):85
     Width (cm):59
     Depth (cm):30

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Object Condition

Overall condition:Good
Risk assessment:No known risk
Condition 1 of type:Surface
     Condition 1: Corrosion, deterioration
     Condition 2: Biological growth
     Condition 3: Surface spalling, crumbling
     More details:Biological growth to brickwork. Upper stone section crumbling and weather worn.
Condition 2 of type:Structural
     Condition 1: Broken or missing parts
     Condition 2: Loose elements
     Condition 3: Cracks, splits, breaks, holes
     More details:Stonework above granite seats cracked. Cast iron plate in recess heavily rusted and cracked down centre. Stones at centre of base badly cracked. Cast iron grid badly broken. Not operational. The structure was restored in 1995.
Date of on-site inspection:11/12/2007

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History

History:Ruskin had friends in the village and was instrumental in getting the village a water supply.

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Author: Anthony McIntosh
Copyright: Creative Commons




Author: Anthony McIntosh
Copyright: Creative Commons




Author: Anthony McIntosh
Copyright: Creative Commons




Author: Anthony McIntosh
Copyright: Creative Commons

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