Hubert Fountain, Victoria Park Ashford
Another in my series of postcard mashups and this time it’s somewhere I would have spent quite a bit of time as a kid growing up; Victoria Park Ashford and the focal point, this incredibly grand Victorian Fountain.
I love that the photographer has posed four children in front of the fountain as it gives a big clue to when the photograph was taken (in this case, some time after 1912).
The Hubert fountain was was made in France for the Second Great International Exhibition in the Horticultural Society Gardens, Kensington, in July 1862, on a site that now houses museums including the Natural History Museum and the Science Museum.
It is a typical mid 19th century exhibition piece, with a pyramidal arrangement of cast iron cherubs, ancients, gods and goddesses rising out of a surrounding basin. The fountain is approached by a shallow flight of steps with balusters to either side. Life-size cast iron stags (that are sadly no longer present) reclined on the plinths at the bottom of the steps when the fountain was first re-erected. In 1910 Mr George Harper bought the fountain to put in the garden of Olantigh Towers, Wye, which he was having rebuilt. The Towers burnt down and Mr Harper gifted the fountain to the town in 1912.