If you’re planning to visit Great Britain, you should not miss this chance to go see its many magnificent fountains. Since the 17th century, fountains have served not only as luxurious decorations for English country homes but also as status symbols for the rich. Britain has numerous fountains worth visiting, so to help you out with your itinerary, it’s a good idea to narrow them down to the most interesting and historically significant. Here are the top five fountains of Great Britain that are worth the visit.
Beautifully situated in the grounds of Chatsworth House, this fountain was commissioned by the Duke of Devonshire and built by Joseph Paxton in 1843. It was finished in record time, within six months. The interesting part of the fountain’s constructions was that it was built to impress the visiting Tsar Nicholas of Russia, who, unfortunately, never really came. This fountain can sprout waters up to a height of 200 feet, making it a very popular attraction in Derbyshire. The surroundings are impressive, with a lush lawn and the impressive Chatsworth House as its backdrop.
Shaftesbury Memorial Fountain
The Shaftesbury Memorial Fountain is in one of England’s most popular spots for tourists, London. This great fountain can be found in Piccadilly Circus and was built in 1893 by Alfred Gilbert in tribute to Lord Shaftesbury, a British philanthropist. The fountain displays Anteros, “The Angel of Christian Charity”. It is made of aluminum, and Londoners first thought it was Eros, the Greek God of Love.
Found in Horsham, West Sussex, England, the Rising Universe sure is a worthy sight to see. It is also known as the Shelley Fountain and was surrounded by controversy when it was first erected. That controversy continues to this day, with some calling it the ugliest fountain in the world. Though it isn’t loved by all, it serves to mark a famous son of Horsham. The fountain was constructed in 1922 in honor of the 200th birthday of poet Percy Bysshe Shelley. It features a sphere which is slowly filled with water before it sinks and discharges 6.5 tons of water, then ascends again.
Another grand fountain which can generate a 150-foot waterspout can be found in Enville Hall, Enville, Staffordshire, England. Built in the middle of the 19th century, the Great Fountain uses two steam engines to feed a hilltop reservoir. The fountain can maintain its water spray for a couple of minutes before emptying the reservoir.
Believe it or not, this fabulous fountain in Scotland is entirely made of terracotta. It has the honor of being the largest fountain ever constructed in ceramic. It was constructed in 1888 for the Glasgow International Exhibition of Science, Art, and Industry. It stands in the People’s Palace in Glasgow Green. A beautiful statue of Queen Victoria is neatly situated at the summit, but due to an unfortunate lightning strike, it was destroyed and eventually replaced by a replica.