Monday 27 June 2011

Drinking Fountain at Crich Tramway Museum, Derbyshire built by Andrew Handyside in 1873.

Andrew Handyside who made Friar Gate bridge in Derby also made lots fountains, mostly decorative ones but also practicle ones such as this Drinking fountain at Crich Tramway Museum in Derbyshire.
During the late 1800's cast iron drinking fountains were manufactured in great numbers for the Midland Railway company by Andrew Handyside and Company. If you spot one of these at your railway station or in a museum then please let me know.

This drinking fountain was made by Andrew Handyside and Co in 1873 and is located at Crich Tramway Museum just below the Bowes-Lyon bridge.
It would have originally had a "A. Handyside & Co" plaque fixed in the red section between the Lions head and the 1873 badge, You can make out the two mounting screws for the plaque above the press button.

The fountain was originally located at Matlock Bath Railway Station and was relocated here at some point. I would like to thanks to Roger Benton at Crich Tramway Village for this information.

Photograph of the Fountain:
Andrew Handyside Drinking fountain at Crich Tramway Museum.
Photograph by Andy Savage.

Another photograph of the drinking fountain:
1873 Drinking Fountain National Tramway Museum, Crich Tramway Village Derbyshire
Photograph by Woodytyke.

Do YOU know of any Midland Railway drinking fountains in your area that look like this one? If so let me know.

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.

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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