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List Entry Summary

This building is listed under the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) Act 1990 as amended for its special architectural or historic interest.


List entry Number: 1280258



The building may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.

County: Warwickshire

District: Stratford-on-Avon

District Type: District Authority

Parish: Stratford-upon-Avon

National Park: Not applicable to this List entry.

Grade: II*

Date first listed: 25-Oct-1951

Date of most recent amendment: 04-Apr-1994

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Legacy System: LBS

UID: 366370

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SP1954NE ROTHER STREET 604-1/9/189 (East side) 25/10/51 American Fountain (Formerly Listed as: ROTHER STREET (West side) American Drinking Fountain)


Shown on OS map as Shakespeare Memorial Fountain. Clock tower incorporating horse troughs and drinking fountain. 1886-7. By Jethro Cossins of Birmingham; for George W Childs of the United States. Ashlar with Peterhead granite plinth. Square plan. Gothic style. 3-stage tower with conical spire. Lower stage has gabled diagonal buttresses capped with British Lion and American Eagle holding shields: Royal arms and Stars and Stripes; arched recess to each face has shafts and relief carved tympanum over inscription; to south: trefoil-headed entrance with strap hinges to plank door and flanking trefoil-headed recesses, once containing barometer and thermometer; to east and west: horse trough with dog bowl below; to north: drinking fountain. Middle stage has round pinnacles to angles, and weathered sills to triple pointed lights with shafts; dripcourses with beasts to ends. Top stage has gabled clock faces, the gables crocketed with fairies to pinnacles. Round base to spire has 4 round pinnacles to angles, spire with lucarnes, all with wrought-iron finials. Erected to the memory of William Shakespeare, dedicated by the actor Henry Irving. An impressive monument at the north end of the Rother Street market place, said to be on the site of the medieval market cross. (Bearman R: Stratford-upon-Avon: A History of its Streets and Buildings: Nelson: 1988-: 49; Jaggard G: Stratford Mosaic: London: 1960-: 60-67; Forrest H E: The Old Houses of Stratford-upon-Avon: London: 1925-: 147).

Listing NGR: SP1993354999

Selected Sources

Books and journals
Bearman, R, Stratford Upon Avon A History of its streets and buildings, (1988), 49
Forrest, H E, The Old Houses of Stratford upon Avon, (1925), 147
Jaggard, G, Stratford Mosaic, (1960), 60-67

National Grid Reference: SP 19933 54999


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