A historic fountain in Fylde has been painstakingly restored. The fountain on St Annes Promenade Gardens has been restored to its Victorian prime after many years of neglect. The 19th century cast-iron fountain was constructed by the well known Glasgow foundryman Walter Macfarlane.

Five years ago, the fountain pump stopped working; many years before that its original colour scheme had been painted over in cream. The recent renovations have transformed it back to its original glory, with original dark green and cream paintwork, floodlights and a new fountain pump.

Fylde Borough Council confirmed that this work has now been completed on the restoration project to return the 19th century cast-iron fountain to its former glory.

Councillor Sue Fazackerley, Fylde Council deputy leader, said: “The promenade gardens recently won a Green Flag award for quality – and the fountain now restores them to their heyday."

“We now have the Victorian shelters, the Victorian fountain and first-class gardens to delight residents and visitors."

“These cast-iron fountains used to be very popular across Britain but most parks now use more modern materials. It is a classic look that has been restored with vision and a lot of research and hard work."

“Historic research revealed its original colours and we have reinstated them with the addition of some red for highlighted features. The fountain has been sandblasted to take it right back to its bare metal."

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Posted by Paul Windas

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