Thursday, 3 January 2019

Darlington, drinking fountain and horse trough

The James Spring Drinking Fountain and Horse Trough is located along City Road, in the inner city suburb of Darlington. It was designed by Morrow & De Putron Architects with Art Nouveau detailing. the inscription reads: "This fountain presented to the Municipality of Darlington by James Spring Esquire. 15 years Mayor. January 1910. Morrow & De Putron architects". Set immediately next to the gutter this is its original site, outside the University of Sydney. It is in continuous danger from passing traffic so a protection barrier has been installed.


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    1. I have often wondered whether they will move it for its own protection.

  2.'s a shame that they had to put that ugly guardrail in front!

  3. It's in a perfect spot for horses - not so much for cars.
    (and is it wrong to be annoyed that the guardrail is not level with the trough?!!)

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    1. Not these days, s.c. The inner city suburbs are a very urbanised area and this road has a lot of traffic.

  5. He was trying to do something nice for the people and horses of the city, i will bet he loved being mayor and serving in that capacity. No way could he have known that it would be a curiosity and an antique someday, in danger because time passed by the need for it.


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