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HER Number:MDV95974
Name:Wiltshire Fountain, The Square, Barnstaple


Fountain, probably 1876-1878. Originally the centre-piece of a square, subsequently used as a roundabout. Now in a pedestrianised area.


Grid Reference:SS 559 329
Map Sheet:SS53SE
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishBarnstaple
DistrictNorth Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishBARNSTAPLE

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • Old Listed Building Ref: 485825

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • FOUNTAIN (XIX to XXI - 1876 AD to 2013 AD (Between))

Full description

Ordnance Survey, 1855-1895, Towns 1855-95 1:500 (Cartographic). SDV348147.

'Fountain' marked.

Google, 2013, Google Streetview (Website). SDV350787.

Now a pedestrianised area.
Map object based on this source.

Southwest Archaeology, 2013, Greater Barnstaple Area Project Database, BHBS Mapping Area 991 (Un-published). SDV351581.

Ordnance Survey, 2013, MasterMap (Cartographic). SDV350786.

Map object based on this source.

English Heritage, 2013, National Heritage List for England (National Heritage List for England). SDV350785.

Willshire Fountain on traffic island.
Fountain. 1876-1878 (inscription). Concrete and stone; cast-iron cresting. Fountain has large, round, concrete basin with cast-iron cresting. Base of bowl is granite with panels of vermiculated rustication. Shallow bowl on 4-sided stone pedestal with pilasters with delicate carved capitals. Bowl has 4 lions' heads with lead spouts and inscription round rim: 'Erected to record the gift by CS Willshire Esq of the railings enclosing this square during his mayorality 1876-1878'. The fountain was originally the centre-piece of a square in the same place as the existing roundabout, which has replaced it. Included for group and historial value.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV348147Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 1855-1895. Towns 1855-95 1:500. Towns 1855-95 1:500. Digital.
SDV350785National Heritage List for England: English Heritage. 2013. National Heritage List for England. Historic Houses Register. Digital.
SDV350786Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2013. MasterMap. Ordnance Survey Digital Mapping. Digital.
SDV350787Website: Google. 2013. Google Streetview. http://maps.google.co.uk. Website.
SDV351581Un-published: Southwest Archaeology. 2013. Greater Barnstaple Area Project Database. Greater Barnstaple Area Project. Digital. BHBS Mapping Area 991.

Associated Monuments: none recorded

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Oct 3 2013 1:08PM