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After the Brighton Town Commissioners rejected the idea of erecting a fountain to honour the new Queen’s accession in 1837, a local surgeon, John Cordy Burrows, placed a private commission with Amon Wilds, who was responsible for much of Brighton and Hove’s finest Regency architecture. With the aid of a public subscription of £1,100, augmented by the proceeds of a night at the theatre, a concert at the Town Hall and a Grand Fancy Bazaar, the fountain was built in 1846 and unveiled to mark the Queen’s 27th birthday. Burrows was mayor of Brighton three times and knighted in 1873.
The water from the fountain can be thrown up to between 20 and 30 feet and the reservoir at the bottom was originally filled with water lilies and gold fish.
cast iron & Sarsen stones
H 975 x W (?) x D (?) cm
commissioned by John Cordy Burrows
Water fountain, trough or pump
Grade II (England and Wales)
24th May 1846
at all times
on base of basin, south side: A. H. WILDS ARCHITECT
plaque on south side: TO COMMEMORATE THE VISIT OF / H.R.H. THE PRINCE OF WALES / PRESIDENT OF THE FOUNTAIN SOCIETY / ON 25TH MAY 1995 / TO MARK THE RESTORATION OF / THE VICTORIA FOUNTAIN / WITH FUNDING BY BRIGHTON COUNCIL / AND GRANT AID FROM / ENGLISH HERITAGE; metal plaque on basin, south side: VICTORIA FOUNTAIN / RESTORED 1994 / BY DOROTHEA LTD / BUXTON DERBYSHIRE / Tel 0298 79121; granite, chequered plaque in front of base, north side: FOUNTAIN INTERNATIONAL / PROMOTING THE HEALING / OF PEOPLE AND / COMMUNITIES / USING SPIRITUAL / AND EARTH ENERGIES. / FOUNDED HERE ON / ST. MICHAELS DAY 1981