Historic Water Fountain Restored in time for the Coronation
16th May 2023
Eynsford Parish Council has recently arranged for a small piece of local history to be restored in time for the Coronation of King Charles III.
The drinking water fountain on Bower Lane, Eynsford was installed for the coronation of Edward VII in 1902, An inscription on the fountain which is built with brown glazed bricks and blue glazed tiles reads “Erected by the people of Eynsford in commemoration of the coronation of His Majesty King Edward VII MCMII”. The decorative fountain sports a crown at the top.
The works, by a specialist restoration company, involved cleaning the fountain, repairing and reglazing damaged bricks, and replacing missing mortar. The lower part of the fountain will be protected against further damage by a screen. Unfortunately, the fountain cannot be restored to full working order as the water would not be safe to drink.
The original fountain was also paid for by the parish council of the time which stated that the fountain would be “regarded as public property in Eynsford”.
Parish Council Chair Phil Ward says: “Eynsford Parish Council are proud to present the restored fountain to our community at this time of celebration. The fountain was installed to commemorate the coronation of King Edward VII so it feels special to unveil the restored fountain in honour of King Charles so many years later.”