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ArtistMaker: Messrs ROBINSON of Barnsley (builders)
TitleOfWork: Kendray memorial drinking fountain
DescriptionOfPhoto: [detail]
DateOfCreation: 1887
Dimensions: Height: over 3.5 m
Medium: Aberdeen Rough granite
Location: Elsecar Heritage Centre (Originally at the junction of Kendray Street and Eldon Street). (SE435403)
AtoZReference: p.23 6H
Postcode: S70
Street: (Kendray and Eldon Streets)
TownOrVillage: Barnsley
AreaInTown: Town Centre
MetropolitanBorough: Barnsley
Photographer: Dave Ball
ImageCopyright: Sheffield Hallam University
AccessionNumber: b015b
Description: An octagonal granite pedestal on which a street light was placed. A round basin can be seen in photographs of the fountain attached to the column at approximately waist height. The base of the pedestal is a drinking trough for dogs and to one side is a horse trough; the design of the latter is similar to that of the Mason Fountain.

Inscription: "ERECTED BY PUBLIC SUBSCRIPTION / TO THE HONOURED MEMORY OF / F.W.T.VERNON WENTWORTH, ESQ / OF WENTWORTH CASTLE / AS A TRIBUTE OF ESTEEM AND RESPECT / FOR HIS LIFE-LONG INTEREST IN AND / KINDNESS TO ALL DUMB CREATURES"
Two crests appear twice on the monument: under one: "SPECTEMUR AGENDO" and "EN DIEU EST TOUT"

Commission: Late in 1885 an application to erect a fountain at the Eldon and Kendray Streets junction was successfully made to the Barnsley Corporation. When this news was reported in the Barnsley Chronicle. The daughter of Mr and Mrs Kendray, Mrs Ann Lambert, now living in London, "wrote that she would bear the entire expense of the fountain if allowed to erect it in memory of her parents. This request was agreed and the same year the Kendray Drinking Fountain was supplied by the Metropolitan Drinking Fountain Association of London and erected by Messrs ROBINSON of Barnsley at a cost of abut 300." [1]
The fountain was inaugurated by Alderman Thomas Marsden, the Mayor, on March 28th 1887. [2]
The Kendrays were linen manufacturers and philanthropists, contributing significant sums of money to hospitals and other causes in Barnsley. Kendray Street itself had been named after them. [2]

Comment: It was removeded in 1931. The pedestal with drinking fountains with the upper section, minus supporting columns, placed directly on top of it, can be found at Elsecar heritage Centre. The horse trough and columns are missing.

References: [1] "The Barnsley Annual" p.13
[2] Alliott, Gerald J. 'The Vanishing Relics of Barnsley', Wharncliffe Publishing, 1996. p.96-8





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