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Fountain in India restored thanks to Northampton 'twin'


Mumbai Fountain and Northampton fountainPicture copyright BBC/Northamptonshire Archives
Picture caption The Fitzgerald Fountain in Mumbai (left) modified into restored in step with pictures of the fountain in Northampton (magnificent)

A brushed off fountain in India has been restored to its worn glory after a “twin” modified into found bigger than 4,000 miles away within the UK.

The fountain in Mumbai modified into in-constructed 1867 but had change into discoloured, corroded and shut to collapse.

Thediscovery of the connectionwith a fountain erected in 1863 in Northampton allowed restoration work to launch up.

Architect Pankaj Joshi acknowledged: “For bigger than 40 years no-one had seen the monument in all its glory.”

The team in India feeble pictures, drawings and designs from the customary Northampton fountain, which modified into dismantled in 1962, to construct casts for the “missing pieces” from the Mumbai characteristic.

Mr Joshi, executive director of the Urban Assemble Compare Institute in Mumbai, acknowledged bigger than 400 pieces had been smelted, recast, and fix in location.

Picture caption The fountain has been restored on the Dr Bhau Daji Lad Museum

The Mumbai fountain, called the Fitzgerald Fountain, modified into in-constructed honour of a British governor of Mumbai (when it modified into is named Bombay).

It modified into later moved from its customary location, on the Metro cinema junction, to the grounds of the Dr Bhau Daji Lad Museum, where it persevered to deteriorate.

Following the restoration, this can now be returned to the junction “fancy a jigsaw puzzle, piece by piece”. Mr Joshi acknowledged this could per chance exhaust 10 weeks.

“We’re the truth is angry to exhaust it aid,” he acknowledged.

Picture caption Pankaj Joshi acknowledged bigger than 400 parts of the fountain had been restored

The Indian restoration team had been working with industrial archaeologist Peter Perkins, who is within the UK and uncovered the connection.

“I am very pleased to belief that the Fitzgerald Fountain is restored, having at the birth been cast at Barwell & Co.’s Eagle Foundry in Northampton within the 1860s,” Mr Perkins acknowledged.

“No topic being a reminder of its British colonial past, it would seem that this day the fountain is thought to be section of Mumbai’s bag heritage.

“It is miles unlucky that Northampton Borough Council did now not exhaust the same gain out about in 1962 when it allowed its twin on Northampton’s Market Sq. to be demolished.”

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Picture caption The fountain in Northampton’s Market Sq. modified into erected to rate the wedding of Prince Albert, who grew to alter into King Edward VII

The forged-iron plaque from the 1863 fountain is all that continues to be of the Northampton characteristic and now lives in Abington Park Museum.

Market Sq. modified into with out a water characteristic till 2010, when a ground-spurting £98,000 seven-jet set up modified into constructed, but that modified into grew to alter into off in 2012.

Most attention-grabbing month Northampton Borough Council chief Jonathan Nunn acknowledged the sizzling fountain, attach in in 2014 at a designate of £50,000, “doesn’t add to the ambiance in any form or set aside“.

There are in actual fact plans for a “linear water characteristic” following a contemporary consultation on Market Sq..

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Picture caption Northampton Borough Council chief Jonathan Nunn acknowledged he did now not fancy the sizzling fountain in Market Sq.

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