More damage to Laura Place fountain.

More damage spotted on the rim of the basin part of the Laura Place fountain. It’s really not the best time of year to go and view this currently waterless feature.

Rainwater is the only liquid inside the bowl. You can see the damage to the rim edge just where the grey van is passing.

The basin contains a lot of broken glass and broken fragments of Bath stone that have fallen in from damage – frost or human – to the rim.

Broken bottles inside the fountain’s waterless bowl.
Damage to the rim of the basin.

Only last year B&NES carried out repairs. It has since been pointed out that the new stone does not match the carved mini-pillar corners that exist on the other three points  of the basin.

One of the original corners of the fountain’s bowl – showing the mini column carving on the edge.

One gets the feeling the fountain is not high on the Council’s list of city heritage stock. In these hard economic times it is such a shame some local benefactor cannot step in to make a proper job of this feature.

The repaired corner does not have a column carving to match the others around the edge of the basin.

A rare example of Bath celebrating its waters.

Down at the other end of Great Pulteney Street  – and in Sydney Gardens – workmen are doing a fine job of replacing a damaged section of the fencing on one of the Chinoiserie cast and wrought iron footbridge (1800) that span a section of the Kennet and Avon Canal (1799-1810) as it passes through this old Georgian Vauxhall.

Workmen preparing to install a new piece of ornamental fencing on the canal bridge.

Meanwhile on the other – city end bridge – evidence of a worrying international habit of leaving locks as a love symbol on bridges across water.

One of the heart-shaped locks that have been affixed to the canal cast iron work.

It’s sheer vandalism that has completely compromised one bridge across the Seine in Paris and has – more locally – ruined the look of Pero’s Bridge in Bristol. Apart from the look the  extra weight can present a real problem.

Locks on Pero’s Bridge in Bristol.
God knows how much extra weight this bridge over the River Seine is now carrying.

So far the canal bridge has only two locks in place. Here’s hoping park users (and lovers) will keep an eye on things here.

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