Saturday, 19 February 2011

Handyside Drinking fountain, horse-trough and lamp standard in Ilkeston Market Place built in 1889

Did you know that Andrew Handyside who made Friar Gate bridge also made lots of Drinking Fountains?
I doubt many people are aware of this fact that they were made right here in Derby at the Duke Street Foundry "Britannia Iron Works".

This three-in-one item is a Drinking fountain, horse-trough and lamp standard which was installed on Ilkeston Market Place in 1889.
Made by Andrew Handyside Ltd at a cost of £46, it was was donated to the town of Ilkeston to commemorate the creation of Ilkeston Borough in 1887.
The Ilkeston drinking fountain was restored in 1980 and again in 2008.
The fountain was Grade II listed on 6 November 1986.

It consists of a Drinking fountain on the front (aiming towards St Marys church), A Horse trough around other three sides and in the middle is a lamp standard with twisted column and top branching to three lanterns.
See the lights lit up here.

Here is a great photograph of the Ilkeston Fountain taken in 2010
Fountain on the Market Place, Ilkeston
Photograph by Redrickshaw.

And another photograph of the fountain, this one shows the detail of the drinking fountain water spout and also the "A. Handyside & Co Ltd" badge just above the water line.
The Newly Restored Horse Trough and Fountain , Ilkeston Market Place , July 23rd , 2008 [100_2210 ]
Photograph by Lenton Sands.

A close up of the Handyside badge after restoration (2011):
A Handyside badge on Ilkeston fountain

Next time you visit Ilkeston go and have a look at this fountain, you can't miss it as its on the Market Place. There is another Handyside item in Ilkeston which I will be blogging about very soon so watch this space.

Click here to see this location on my Andrew Handyside World Map.

Thanks
Andy

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