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32021 Striking reconstituted stone sphere
QTY: 1 £650
31971 Gothic style composite lion water spouts
QTY: 2 £395 Each
Reserved until 23/10/2021
31961 Old lead decorative lion wall fountain
QTY: 1 £1,100
31952 Antique limestone boy water features
QTY: 1 Pair £2,950 The Pair
31930 Hand-carved sandstone fountain and surround
QTY: 1 £3,850
31925 Imposing sandstone garden fountain
QTY: 2 £3,250 Each
31924 Carved sandstone fountain and surround
QTY: 1 £3,650
31917 Substantial French style sandstone fountain
QTY: 1 £3,650
31907 Antique stone pool / raised bed surround
QTY: 1 Set £3,200 The Set
31735 Wall mounted lion head water fountain
QTY: SOLD £315
31653 Stone wall fountain with bearded man spout
QTY: 1 £2,650
31581 Pair of bronze crane water features
QTY: SOLD £985 The Pair
31566 Antique Lead lion fountain
QTY: SOLD £2,200
31484 Large ammonite water feature / fountain
QTY: 1 £710
31410 Old stone water spout gargoyles
QTY: SOLD £385 Each
31313 C19th riveted round copper bath
QTY: 1 £525
31294 Antique Indian sandstone wellheads
QTY: 1 £645 Each
31175 Large bronze two tier water fountain
QTY: SOLD £7,600
31112 French style sandstone fountain
QTY: To Order £2,950
31111 Carved sandstone fountain and pond surround
QTY: To Order £2,950
31057 Hand-carved sandstone fountain and surround
QTY: To Order £7,250
31021 Reclaimed wall hanging gadrooned trough
QTY: 1 £265
31007 Enamelled salvaged water fountain
QTY: 1 £195
30979 Hand-carved Gothic style sandstone font
QTY: 1 £1,450
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Water Features and Fountains

Up to the 19th Century, fountains were functional, connected to springs or aqueducts and providing drinking water and an area for bathing or washing clothes. They were often decorative, to celebrate the builder or benefactor, such as the great Baroque fountains of Rome which were sponsored by the Popes. Fountains at that time had to be fed by gravity. In the late 19th Century, development of mechanical pumps and the advent of improved plumbing and water supply, meant that fountains then became purely decorative. A lot of major cities and towns throughout Europe embarked upon a programme of building fountains in public areas from the mid 1800s. 

In a garden context, fountains or water features, can fulfil a number of roles. They can supply movement, the sound of running water can block sounds of traffic, they can be decorative and humans simply have an affinity to water, such an important element for our survival.  While formal tiered fountains may be perfect for a large public space, and we usually have in stock a few larger stone fountain surrounds and centrepieces, most people have smaller scale spaces they can use, and with ingenuity all sorts of material can be used to make a fountain. Old stone troughs, for example, make perfect reservoirs from which water can be pumped to cascade out through a lead or stone mask, mounted on a wall. We also sell stone wall fountains, usually modelled on a typical fountain from a French Village square.  We have all types of spout, whether an antique Indian stone spout, lead, bronze and cast iron classical masks. We usually have a lead fountain or two, typically in the form of a putto holding a shell or bowl aloft. Some of our customers convert old village pumps into functioning water features, with a water house hidden within the spout. Alongside purpose-built fountain centrepieces, many urns, planters or statues could easily be converted to work as a fountain centrepiece, it is usually just a matter of how to conceal the water supply pipe and then find a suitable water reservoir/container/tank in which it can sit so water can be circulated.

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