Graham Stephen

Graham Stephen

Posted on 06/11/2015

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Steble Fountain

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Steble Fountain, Liverpool - 20150523 - 01

Steble Fountain, Liverpool - 20150523 - 01
Lieutenant Colonel Richard Fell Steble, who served as Lord Mayor of Liverpool 1874-75 and 1876, donated £1000 to the City Council for the erection of a fountain in an empty plot on the former site of Islington Market between the Walker Art Gallery and St George’s Hall in the ‘cultural quarter’ of the William Brown Street area of the city centre. The seven-metre high fountain was unveiled in 1879 and, although the Liverpool Mercury had reported in February 1878 that a preliminary trial had been of a ‘highly satisfactory character’, the water pressure was initially disappointingly low. Water was later pumped by a steam pump in the basement of St George’s Hall, but its noise disrupted proceedings in the courts above.

The fountain was cast by W T Allen & Co of London and is a copy of a work created for a Paris exhibition (various sources disagree on which one – the 1855 or... [more...]


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