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Bushell Fountain at The Cross

Published: 1st April 2008 10:52

Bushell FountainIn 1861 some Neston residents attempted to raise funds to erect a public well in the town. Christopher Bushell offered to pay any deficiency, but nothing had happened. However, in 1865 Bushell put forward the money to sink a well in the market place - the area in front of the White Horse Inn at the Cross. Despite some opposition by a few residents who thought that the poor would cause a nuisance when fetching water, the wheel well was sunk.

In Liverpool, Bushell was honoured by a marble statue, now in the Victoria building of Liverpool University.

His memorial in Neston is the Bushell Fountain at the Cross, erected in 1882 on the site of the public well sunk at his expense in 1865. The memorial fountain, designed by the local board's surveyor, John Morris, was made by Shearer, Field and Company at the Dalbeattie Granite Works near Dumfries.

The fountain was not connected to Bushell's well, but to the mains water supply which he, as chairman of the Neston local board in its early days, had done much to promote.
In 1882 gas came to Neston and the lamp over the newly constructed fountain was gas lit, until some time after 1928 when electricity was supplied to Neston

Geoffrey Place
Local Historian

Courtesy of Valerie Place and Neston U3A. Click HERE to visit the U3A website.

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