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Bristol Off The Beaten Path: 57 reviews and 60 photos


This is a very curious item of street furniture: I don't think I've ever seen anything quite like it. A very exuberant bit of cast iron commemorating a member of the County Council. I'm particularly taken by the decoration of the column, with a dado-like band of a foliage motif that recalls Arts and Crafts wallpaper. Someone has given their Dictionary of Ornament a real hammering here.
Of course the drinking fountain no longer delivers. And just as well, since the nearby Victorian cast iron pissoir has also been decommissioned.*

On Horfield Common, intersection of Wellington Hill and Kellaway Avenue. If you're up here, you really are off the beaten track as far as the tourist trail goes.

*The pissoir has now been repainted and put back into service.

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  • Updated Jul 12, 2011
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