The fountain was originally erected in 1866 outside the Church of St Lawrence Jewry near Guildhall as a gift to the City of London from the Metropolitan Drinking Fountain and Cattle Trough Association. It was designed by architect John Robinson and the bronze sculpture was carried out by the artist Joseph Durham. It was dismantled into approximately 150 pieces and put into storage in the 1970s during the redevelopment of Guildhall.

 

The fountain was restored and rebuilt at the eastern end of Carter Lane Gardens at the south of St Paul’s Cathedral.

3 June 2010

Work continues on laying the brickcore between the four columns

8 July 2010

Scaffolding is dismantled and the fountains old and new stone is blended together with shelter coat.

Harris Digital Productions recorded the project for the City of London Corporation and has set up this website to show the various stages of the restoration.

Former Location and References

The St Lawrence Jewry fountain was located just to the west of the Guildhall Yard, and south of the Guildhall itself, in the City of London.

The Design

A description of the fountain published in The Builder, 16 June 1866, describes the memorial as in ‘the Pointed style or architecture which prevailed in Italy during the fourteenth century’.

The Iconography

The water fountain of the monument was designed as a sculpture that actively pumps water into a dish, when a metal knob was pushed.

Harris Digital Productions recent restoration projects include: Tower Bridge, Southwark Bridge, St Lawrence Jewry Fountain, The Monument to the Great Fire of London, Temple Bar Gateway and the Beasts of St. George's, Bloomsbury.

 

Some of our work has been broadcast on BBC London, BBC South West and ITV London TV News channels.