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ArtistMaker: W. OXLEY & Sons
TitleOfWork: Wentworth drinking fountain
DescriptionOfPhoto: -
DateOfCreation: 1895
Dimensions: Height: over 457 cm
Medium: Aberdeen and Hill of Fail granite
Location: not known
AtoZReference: -
Postcode: S70
Street: not known
TownOrVillage: Barnsley
AreaInTown: Town Centre ?
MetropolitanBorough: Barnsley
Photographer: Dave Ball
ImageCopyright: Sheffield Hallam University
AccessionNumber: na~1.gif
Description: A "handsome Gothic structure, over 15 ft high, composed of Aberdeen and Hill of Fail granite"

Commission: In 1889 a circular appeared asking for help to erect a Drinking Fountain as a Memorial to T.F.C. Vernon Wentworth who had been a founder member of the Barnsley Band of Mercy. The circular was the work of Mrs C. Sproat, the current Secretary of the Society who had already received the promise of several subscriptions. The project had a number of rebuffs and objections until in 1895 the current Mayor, Alderman Woodcock, took an interest and became Chairman of the then formed Committee to carry put the project. Plans for a fountain were advertised for, and in May 1895 W. Oxley & Sons, sculptors, of Barnsley, were appointed to design and build the memorial.
The drinking fountain was officially inaugurated on 12th December, 1895 and presented to the town by the Deputy Mayor of Barnsley, Dr Halton J.P.; the Mayor being unfortunately too ill to attend.


References: Information, and a photograph, on the commissioning of this memorial from "The Barnsley Annual" p.13

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