Historic water fountain restoration proposals submitted

Proposals to restore an historic water fountain in Pearson Park have been submitted to Hull City Council.

In the plans, the cast iron MacFarlane no.7 fountain bowl will be temporarily removed from the park and restored by Heritage Engineering Limited, who also own the MacFarlane brand.

During the restoration project, the company will take castings from the structure which will be used for future reinstatement projects across the world, including one planned on the South Atlantic island of St Helena.

Councillor John Fareham, Chairman of the Pearson Park Trust said:

“We were recently contacted by Heritage Engineering Limited with an interest in the taking casts of the design of the water fountain.

“This is a great opportunity to help the national heritage movement and, if approved, I believe this project will be a fantastic addition to the larger restoration work of Pearson Park we are hoping for with the Heritage Lottery fund”.

The fountain was installed in 1864 and produced by specialist fountain and bandstand producers Walter MacFarlane & Co and functioned as a working water fountain until the 1990’s when the water supply was isolated.

Some repair work including the repainting of the fountain was undertaken in 2008 by the Pearson Park Trust which saw the former white finish covered with a new blue and gold paint scheme.

The Listing Building Consent planning application will be submitted on Wednesday (8 June) with a decision expected in August. If successful, work will be done following the completion of workshop investigations.