Fountains (3)

Stephen's photo of, er, something not there...

After the dreary fountains that have been (not) springing up in Greenwich recently I wasn’t really surprised when Stephen pointed out that the fountain at the top of the hill in Greenwich Park, at the crossroads, had disappeared.

I’m not talking about the fancy marble affair that’s in the back of Stephen’s shot, by the way, I’m talking about the much more functional, but rather less pretty one that used to be in the forefront of the shot.

It really wasn’t a looker – I never took a photo of it – though you’ll find one about half way down the page here. A rather ugly brick wall with a couple of primary-school style handbasins. Still, it had been a facility and now it wasn’t.

But now, it’s got a replacement. Hurrah – and I’m not sure anyone other than Stephen has noticed.

Much more elegant and it’s nice to see it back. I guess it might have been easier to fill a dog bowl or soak a runner’s towel with the old basins but this is essentially an ornamental park and I really like this.

It’s nice to be able to report a Greenwich fountain that a) looks good and b) actually works.

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stephen fountain now 2 low
stephen fountain now 2 low

Stephen's photo of, er, something not there...
Stephen fountain no more low

5 Comments to “Fountains (3)”

  1. JOF says:

    Nice to see the true Phantom spirit at work – a photograph of something that’s not there.
    Meanwhile, new drinking fountains are to be welcomed (see also the one outside the Oxleas Wood cafe).

  2. Michael says:

    Actually I’m kind of responsible for that fountain. I complained to Greenwich Park during the hot weather that they were becoming increasingly dog un-friendly and the fact they ‘removed the dog friendly fountain for the Olympics and didn’t replace it was further proof of this fact’!

    Amazingly they answered and said they would look into it and even more amazingly a week later they told me provisions had been made and a new fountain would be installed and ultimately they were true to their word.

  3. Michael says:

    Just to be clear, this fountain has an overflow so water gathers into a bowl at the bottom where dogs (and indeed squirrels) can drink from.

  4. Nathan says:

    Ah wondered where the fountain had gone. Although we were there a couple of weeks ago and wondered why they couldn’t have restored the stone fountain. I guess it would have been too much work but I think I can remember it working as a child. Will check out the one next we are there!

  5. Nathan says:

    .. Check out the new one even.