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After the Brighton Town Commissioners rejected the idea of erecting a fountain to honour the new Queen’s accession in 1837, a local surgeon, John Cordy Burrows, placed a private commission with Amon Wilds, who was responsible for much of Brighton and Hove’s finest Regency architecture. With the aid of a public subscription of £1,100, augmented by the proceeds of a night at the theatre, a concert at the Town Hall and a Grand Fancy Bazaar, the fountain was built in 1846 and unveiled to mark the Queen’s 27th birthday.
cast iron & Sarsen stones
H 975 x W (?) x D (?) cm
commissioned by John Cordy Burrows
Water fountain, trough or pump
Grade II (England and Wales)
24th May 1846
at all times
on base of basin, south side: A. H. WILDS ARCHITECT
plaque on south side: TO COMMEMORATE THE VISIT OF / H.R.H. THE PRINCE OF WALES / PRESIDENT OF THE FOUNTAIN SOCIETY / ON 25TH MAY 1995 / TO MARK THE RESTORATION OF / THE VICTORIA FOUNTAIN / WITH FUNDING BY BRIGHTON COUNCIL / AND GRANT AID FROM / ENGLISH HERITAGE; metal plaque on basin, south side: VICTORIA FOUNTAIN / RESTORED 1994 / BY DOROTHEA LTD / BUXTON DERBYSHIRE / Tel 0298 79121; granite, chequered plaque in front of base, north side: FOUNTAIN INTERNATIONAL / PROMOTING THE HEALING / OF PEOPLE AND / COMMUNITIES / USING SPIRITUAL / AND EARTH ENERGIES. / FOUNDED HERE ON / ST. MICHAELS DAY 1981