Regular visitors to the Virtual Museum of Bath will know my views on Bath and water. For a city which is literally running with the stuff – both hot and cold – not enough is being done to promote the fact!
We need more fountains. The most impressive we have – the Laura Place fountain – is itself in dire need of quite major conservation.
Please correct me if l am wrong but l cannot think of any city park with flowing water – other than what feeds the taps at cafes or coin in the slot loos!
I have said before the old water trough at the Bath end of Walcot Street would make a lovely water feature.
I was reminded of this again when l made a recent trip to Bristol and walked by the King George V Memorial at Narrow Quay.
Some of the figures on this water feature – a farmer and a coal miner – came from over the entrance to the headquarters of the Co-operative Retail Society and were put into storage when the building was demolished.
With the laying out of this waterside area – near to where the old building stood – the figures were remembered and incorporated into this feature. The arch was made the same size as the original arch over the CWS entrance to contain the rescued sculptures.
In Bath, the Walcot Street arched water trough would not be that difficult to convert.
While we are on the subject. Is it too fanciful to see the balustrade separating Parade Gardens from the Grand Parade promenade being swept away and some sort of stepped water feature installed to lead people down to the River Avon below?
Something like the amazing stepped cascade at Narrow Quay in Bristol?
Won’t someone try to end the ‘drought’ in barren Southgate and also put some fountains in our parks?
What do you think.