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.

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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. 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.

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