Wednesday, 16 February 2011

Andrew Handyside Drinking Fountain at Matlock Bath.

Did you know that Andrew Handyside who made Friar Gate bridge also made lots of Drinking Fountains?
I doubt many people are aware of this fact that they were made right here in Derby at the Duke Street Foundry "Britannia Iron Works".

This particular drinking fountain was made in Derby by Andrew Handyside in 1881. It is located on the A6 in Matlock Bath opposite the fish pond, The actual fish pond that is rather than the Fish Pond pub.
The design of the drinking fountain is the same at their standard Midland Railway Station design but it has the addition of an animal drinking trough at the base.
I have driven past this fountain for many years but until now had never walked up to see it.

History of this fountain as stated on a plaque to the left of the fountain.
This fountain was erected in 1881 below the now-demolished Royal Hotel, which occupied the area now forming the Temple Road car park.The fountain was restored in 1917 to commermorate the first meeting of Scout leaders in thsi area, held at the Royal Hotel, attended by Lord Baden-Powell. It was again restored in 1935 for King George V's Silver Jubilee.Following reclamation of the surrounding area, it was moved to its current position in 1986, the year of Queen Elizabeth II's 60th birthday. All works were undertaken by the Derbyshire Dales District Council Community program.

My Photograph of the Matlock Bath Drinking Fountain
Andrew Handyside Drinking Fountain in Matlock Bath.

My Photograph of the makers badge "A. Handyside & Co" located at the top of the Drinking fountain :
Andrew Handyside makers badge on Matlock Bath Drinking Fountain

This is one of many, both practical and decorative fountains produced at the Britannia Iron Works in Derby by Andrew Handyside and Company.

Next time you visit Matlock Bath take some time to walk up from the hustle bustle of the parade to take a look at this fountain.



  1. Hi Andy. I write a blog about cast iron drinking fountains and would like permission to use photos of drinking fountains that you have discovered. I will, of course, credit and link back to your site. You can view my blog at

    1. Hi, Yes you may as long as you do credit me and link back to my blog.Get in touch if you find any Handyside ones I've not listed.