Friday Fountain Challenge: November

Another fountain in a public garden, this time the Dingle in Shrewsbury. Formerly a stone quarry the Dingle is the result one of its gardeners – Percy Thrower – who was very famous in England for appearing in the TV programme ‘Blue Peter’ and who was the superintendent of Shrewsbury’s parks for 28 years.

dingle

There are seasonal floral displays (visit in spring for the azaleas) and water features including the central cast-iron Coalbrookdale fountain which dates from 1889.Β The cast-iron is decorated with lily leaves, scallop shells and dolphins. The ceramic figure is white, unglazed (similar to Parian ware) and shows a girl seated on a rock outcrop cushioned with a sheaf of corn. She is pouring from an urn into a cup, and has a basket by her left foot.

dingle-2

Presented by the Independent Order of ODD Fellows, Shrewsbury District 1889

If you’d like to join in with the fountain challenge then please pop over to Polianthus for the rules

This monthΒ is the time to feature fountains from your own country.Β I’m sure she would love to see you.

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20 Comments Add yours

  1. Lucid Gypsy says:

    This one is a bit twee for my tastes!

    1. Heyjude says:

      But we English do twee so well! I know what you mean though, when I first saw it it seemed quite out of place.

      1. Dina says:

        πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ Lovely photos, Jude. I had to look twee up … πŸ˜‰

  2. restlessjo says:

    That’s a pretty one. Happy weekend, Jude πŸ™‚

    1. Heyjude says:

      Thanks Jo, nothing planned, but if the sun comes out on Sunday I might get out somewhere. Not liking the fact it starts to get dark by 4 pm

      1. restlessjo says:

        I’ve got a 70th birthday party at the cricket club tomorrow afternoon. Won’t be seeing straight by teatime πŸ™‚

        1. Heyjude says:

          Now I remember what happened last time you got squiffy – tripped over and banged your head or walked into a door? Orange juice for you young lady…

        2. restlessjo says:

          I survived to tell the tale πŸ™‚ It was a lovely afternoon.

        3. Heyjude says:

          Oh good πŸ™‚

      2. Dina says:

        Cheers, lovely ladies! πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

  3. polianthus says:

    Hi Jude – thanks for this one, a bit Little Bo Peep, or the Great British Bake Off Wedding cake where you need to show all the different skills you have with fondant and glitter. Interesting indeed. It is amazingly pristine though for an outdoor fountain..(what a swiss thing to say eh?)

    1. Heyjude says:

      Haha, yes it is definitely OTT – the bedding plants are very Swiss too πŸ™‚

  4. Robyn Haynes says:

    Love the floral display. I must say while this is lovely, I prefer the metal coloured fountains best.

    1. Heyjude says:

      I agree, this is very OTT and I was surprised when I first set eyes on it – looks like a wedding cake!

  5. karen says:

    Twee or not. I love it. Thanks for sharing.

  6. I think this fountain looks even better because of the beautiful garden surrounding it. Such vibrant plantings.

  7. prior.. says:

    such a beautiful fountain and the lighting in the photos make sit feel lit up! and I wonder what it looks like in spring with azaleas….

  8. What a lovely fountain, and in such a beautiful setting.

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