The Avenue Drinking Fountain (or Ransom Fountain) was the gift of Councillor John Ransom to his native town. It was unveiled in 1865, with great ceremony. It is a stone monument with drinking bowls on four sides surmounted by a stone cross. The architect was Josiah George Poole and the builder was Samuel Stevens. It was moved about 20 yards further north in 1966 because of road widening. It is Grade II listed.

Ransom Memorial Fountain

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Ransom Drinking Fountain. Photograph, c1990

Ransom Memorial Fountain: Unveiling Ceremony

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Photograph, 2 November 1865

see also

Ransom, John

Further reading:
More Stories of Southampton Streets, by A. G. K. Leonard, p55-56. (HS/h)
Southampton Memorials of Care for Man and Beast, by A. G. K. Leonard, p15-20. (HS/k)


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