Work to begin to restore Pearson Park fountain

Work is to begin on restoring Pearson Park’s historic MacFarlane drinking fountain bowl.

Following the granting of Listed Building Consent in July, the owners of the MacFarlane brand, Hosiers Ltd, will remove the drinking fountain bowl on Thursday (3 November) to allow for its detailed inspection in their workshops in Glasgow.

Once complete, Hosiers Ltd will carry out restoration works on the cast iron structure before re-installing the drinking fountain bowl in the park. It is anticipated that this work will be completed by later this year or early 2017.

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

“The restoration of the drinking fountain bowl is being undertaken ahead of the announcement on the outcome of the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) Parks for People bid for Pearson Park.

“This is to allow Hosiers Ltd to take castings from the drinking fountain bowl that will allow for the reinstatement of an identical MacFarlane structure in Jamestown on the South Atlantic island of St Helena.

“The Pearson Park Trust is keen to support this opportunity to help the national heritage movement and additional restoration work to the drinking fountain canopy which is included within the HLF Parks for People bid.”

The restoration project has already been awarded initial supportfor a grant of £2.3m by the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) as well as a development grant of £156,600.  An announcement from the HLF on the outcome of the Pearson Park bid is expected in early 2017.

More information on the proposals to restore Pearson Park is available at www.hullcc.gov.uk/ppbid