William Dyce, RA (1806-64)
Portland stone, red sandstone, tiling, and marble (for the basin)
Streatham Green, London SW16 1RD
William Dyce became a churchwarden at St Leonard's Church, Streatham, after moving to a house in Streatham High Road in 1856. He designed the new chancel for the church when it was extended in the early 1860s, superintending the work executed by Benjamin Ferrry (see Pointon 176). To show their gratitude, the parishioners put up the money to erect this highly distinctive drinking fountain, also to his design. Formerly sited just opposite the church, it is now on a small, pleasant green nearby — an oasis of peace just off the busy road. Like the church, it is Grade II listed. [continued below].
Photograph and text Jacqueline Banerjee, 2010/11
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