Friday 12 August 2011

Handyside Fountain in gardens of Temple Newsam House, Leeds, West Yorkshire, UK

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 Ironworks".

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 fountain is located in the gardens of Temple Newsam House in Leeds. The fountain was Grade II listed on 5th August 1976. As you can see in the photographs below its not in bad condition apart from one of the Lions hears seems to be damaged.

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". This same design of fountain is in Tucuman Argentina.

A short video of the Temple Newsam Fountain working. Click the PLAY button to view it.

Photographs of the Temple Newsam Fountain:
1) Stunning shot of the complete fountain
Quiet Fountain

2) A shot showing the location of the fountain in front of the house.
Temple Newsam

3) A view showing the underneath of the top bowl and the two cherubs as well as the
three Baroque style dolphins which you often find on Handyside fountains.
Fountain, Temple Newsam, Leeds

4) A close up view of the two cherubs (putti) embracing the torch which delivers water from the fountain head. Here not running.
Fountain detail

5) Close up of the lions heads on the base. These would have originally had water pumped through them.

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.


1 comment:

  1. Hi,
    I'm involved with a committee that is working on the restoration of what we believe is an Andrey Handyside fountain which was placed at the Northampton State Hospital in Northampton, MA, USA in 1876. It was, I think, identical to the fountain at Temple Newsam pictured above. This could be your first finding in the USA. I have some questions I'd like to ask if we could email each other directly; my email is Please contact me. Thanks, Joe Blumenthal