Details required to restore old fountain

Drawing of St Paul's showing the drinking fountain. Image courtesy of Charlie Steel.

Drawing of St Paul's showing the drinking fountain. Image courtesy of Charlie Steel.

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An appeal has been made for help which could lead to the restoration of an historic drinking fountain.

North Tyneside Council is preparing a Listed Building Consent form to refurbish the fountain at St Paul’s Church in Whitley Bay as part of the church’s 150th anniversary celebrations.

But officers are unable to find any documents or photographs describing how the fountain, built into the boundary wall, looked.

Without the information, they say it is impossible to restore the landmark to its original glory and there are fears that consent may not be granted.

Mayor Norma Redfearn said: “The council is keen to carry out restoration work on the fountain but it’s proving very difficult to track down the original specifications or illustrations of what it looked like when it was unveiled by the then Duchess of Northumberland in 1864.

“We want to get as much help as possible and we’re appealing to anyone who has any old photographs of the church and fountain or can remember their grandparents or great grandparents talking about it to please get in touch.”

Write to Ian Lillie, strategic asset manager, North Tyneside Council, Cobalt Business Park, NE27 0BY; call (0191) 643 6143 or email

As part of the 150th anniversary celebrations there will be new stained glass windows and banners, dinners and fun events for all the family.

The church will also be a re-dedication service with the former Archbishop of Canterbury Dr Rowan Williams, and civic dignitaries to celebrate this historic event.

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