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Alderman Proctor's Drinking Fountain
General information
Architectural style Gothic Revival
Town or city Bristol
Country England
Coordinates 51°27′42″N 2°37′33″W / 51.461609°N 2.625837°W / 51.461609; -2.625837
Completed 1872
Client Society of Merchant Venturers
Design and construction
Architect G and H Godwin

The Alderman Proctor's Drinking Fountain is a historic building on Clifton Down, Bristol, England.

The city of Bristol began supplying municipal drinking water in 1858. To inform the public about the new water supply, Robert Lang made a proposal though the Bristol Times that public drinking fountains be constructed. Lang began the "Fountain Fund" in January 1859 with a donation of one hundred pounds. By 1906, there were more than 40 public drinking fountains throughout the city.

In 1872, Alderman Thomas Proctor commissioned the firm of George and Henry Godwin to build the fountain to commemorate the 1861 presentation of Clifton Down to the City of Bristol by the Society of Merchant Venturers.

Commemorative plaque

The three-sided fountain is done in Gothic Revival style. The main portion is of limestone with pink marble columns and white marble surround. The commemorative plaque is of black lettering on white marble; the plaque reads, "Erected by Alderman Thomas Proctor, of Bristol to record the liberal gift of certain rights on Clifton Down made to the citizens by the Society of Merchant Venturers under the provision of the Clifton and Drudham Downs Acts of Parliament, 1861, whereby the enjoyment of these Downs is preserved to the citizens of Bristol for ever." The fountain bears the coat of arms for the city of Bristol, the Society of Merchant Venturers and that of Alderman Thomas Proctor.

The fountain was originally situated at the head of Bridge Valley Road. It became a sight impediment to modern auto traffic in the later 20th century. The fountain was moved to the other side of the road, closer to the Mansion House in 1987. After the move, it underwent restoration and was re-dedicated on 1 May 1988. It has been designated by English Heritage as a grade II listed building since 1977.

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