Wednesday 16 March 2011

Handyside Fountain in San Miguel de Tucuman, Argentina, South America.

Andrew Handyside who made Friar Gate bridge also made lots of decorative fountains, they were renowned for their high quality and much sort after around the world. Many examples of their work are still in use today.
These fountains were made right here in Derby at the Duke Street Foundry "Britannia Iron Works".

Andrew Handyside exported many decorative fountains around the world during the Victorian era.
The Britannia Foundry's work was well known for its fine quality so these fountains can be found all over the globe but where exactly they are located is difficult to find out.
Thankfully because of my research here people are beginning to contact me with details of Handyside work, I am then able to add it to my world map. It really helps my research being able to use Flickr to see these items for myself.

This particular design of fountain is listed as Design Number 19 on Page 18 of the 1879 publication "An Illustrated book of Designs for Fountains and Vases, costing from £1 to £1200 manufactured by Andrew Handyside".There is one of the same design in Temple Newsam gardens in Leeds.

I would like to thank Lucia Juarez of Tucuman, Argentina for informing me about this fountain. She has done some research and found this..
 “On the 27th August 1872, the Council (of San Miguel de Tucuman) resolved that the two biggest fountains stored in the deposits would be located to the North and South sections in the Independence Square“.  There is onlt one fountain on this square today so not sure where the other one has gone.

This excellent looking fountain located at Plaza Independencia (Fuente de Plaza Independencia) , San Miguel de Tucuman in Argentina and was manufactured by Andrew Handyside and Comapny of Derby.

As you can tell by the photographs the locals have really taken care of this fountain.

Night time photograph of the fountain in San Miguel de Tucuman, Argentina :
Fuente de Plaza Independencia

Close up view of the fine detail at the top of this fountain :
Shady, cool and a water fountain

Photograph showing the "A. Handyside" badge at the base.
Handyside stamp on fountain Plaza Independencia on Fountain at Plaza de la Independencia, Tucuman

Wide angle view of this fountain:
 Fountain in Plaza de la Independencia, Tucuman, Argentina

Another view of this fountain :
 Fountain in Plaza de la Independencia, Tucuman, Argentina

I found a 360 degree Photograph of Plaza de la independecia HERE, a green square will show for a while then change to a photo, if you now right click on it and select "view fullscreen" then pan around using the mouse to drag the view, you can see the Handyside fountain in this square.

In fact I see you can even send a photo postcard of the Handyside fountain from their Tourist info website.

The "Plaza de la independecia" is a little square which is surrounded by the following roads San Martin, Munecas, Av 24 de September and 25 de Mayo. The Tucumán Tourist Information centre overlooks this square.

Map Location:
View my Andrew Handyside World Map to see the exact location of this fountain on the world map. My world map is the result of hundreds of hours of research into the company, plotting out each item as I find it.

Does anyone out there have a short video of this fountain that they care to share on YouTube?

Can you help find more Andrew Handyside stuff ?
If anyone out there knows of any other Fountains around the world bearing the Handyside badge that I have not mentioned yet then please get in touch with details, location, photographs etc.


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