Drinking Fountain No.15 (1)
Byrom Street, Liverpool L3
Sketch donated by Tony Brown
polished red Aberdeen Granite, erected in August 1857,
originally it would have had a Satyr's Head water spout made of brass.
This wonderful sketch by local artist Tony Brown (email@example.com) shows a Melly Drinking Fountain, made of polished red Aberdeen Granite, which was erected in a railway bridge in August 1857 at Byrom Street. Originally it would have had a Satyr’s Head (Greek & Roman mythological half-human half-animal woodland deity), which trickled a continuous stream of water from its mouth. Later a tap mechanism was connected. The Drinking Fountain with tap can still seen in a wall in Byrom Street just opposite the John Moore University.
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Debate on the Reintroduction of Downtown Drinking Fountains
|The 'Friends of Liverpool Monuments' (FOLM) supported by FACT
held a debate on the merits of introducing new and restoring historic water fountains. This will
took place at the Box, the FACT, Wood Street, Liverpool L1, on Wednesday 8th June
2005, 4-6p.m. during Downtown Week in Liverpool
Tony Siebenthaler (Chairperson of FOLM), asked all those present introduce themselves, he then read out apologies from:
a) David Charters (Daily Post):
On Sunday 12th June 2005, Jenny Collins of Radio Merseyside broadcast an interview with Tony Brown about the Byrom Street Melly Drinking Fountain. Between Tony and Jenny they gave a lot of information and history on Melly and his drinking Fountains. At the end of the broadcast there was a competition about the Drinking Fountains, the prize being a limited edition print of the Byrom Street Melly drink fountain, by Tony Brown. This was won by a couple who live in Crosby; Vin & Jill. Jenny Collins took the picture round on the night of Monday 13th June 2005. The couple were absolutely DELIGHTED! Vin's grandma used to live in Scotland Road and he remembers drinking out of a fountain near there, when he was a kid, reaching up to get at the water.. It could possibly even have been the Byrom Street one. So Tony's picture couldn't have gone to a better home.
Update on Tuesday 14th June 2005 by Patrick Neill
I rang Peter O'Brien of the Liverpool City Council to thank him for