We are a group of local residents who would like to have a fountain on the junction of Victoria Avenue and Salisbury Street in Hull. Some of us are residents of Victoria Avenue and Salisbury Street, others live elsewhere but share the desire to reinstate a fountain here and we are now a registered charity (Registration No: 5027761) You can contact us by email at victoriafountain firstname.lastname@example.org
In the late 1890s and early 1900’s a three-tiered fountain used to sit on the roundabout at the junction between Victoria Avenue and Salisbury Street – see picture below.
Some people think it disappeared after a car crash, but it’s possible this story is being muddled with the Park Avenue fountain, which was definitely involved in a collision.
Others believe the roundabout was taken away to allow easier access for drivers, but when they started travelling at speed, the roundabout was reinstated without the fountain.
Hull City Council says records are not kept that far back, but that the fountain was probably removed some time in the 1920s or 1930s.
Fountains were, and still are, a significant and attractive feature of Hull’s ‘Avenues’ area and we would like to see a fountain reinstated at the Victoria Avenue/Salisbury Street junction.
There is additional detail about the ‘Avenues’ fountains on the History page of this website and there is even more detail on Paul Gibson’s website at http://www.paul-gibson.com/history/fountains.php
Our preliminary research suggests that a new fountain won’t be cheap. We have been quoted a figure in excess of £200,000 to install a fountain identical to those on Westbourne and Park Avenues. The original Victoria Avenue fountain didn’t match those on Westbourne and Park Avenues and we are looking into the possibility of having a replica of the original, which we’re fairly sure will be significantly cheaper.
The Council is unlikely to help with the cost and we therefore appear to have quite a fundraising task. If you have any ideas for fundraising, please post them on the ‘Discussion’ page.
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