Fountain in quadrangle of Eastman Dental Hospital

Overview

Heritage Category:
Listed Building
Grade:
II
List Entry Number:
1458110
Date first listed:
29-Aug-2018
Statutory Address:
Eastman Dental Hospital & Institute, 256 Gray's Inn Road, London, WC1X 8LD

Map

Ordnance survey map of Fountain in quadrangle of Eastman Dental Hospital
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Location

Statutory Address:
Eastman Dental Hospital & Institute, 256 Gray's Inn Road, London, WC1X 8LD

The building or site itself may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.

County:
Greater London Authority
District:
Camden (London Borough)
Parish:
Non Civil Parish
National Grid Reference:
TQ3069982514

Summary

Erected in 1931, funded by Sir Alfred Levy.

Reasons for Designation

The 1931 fountain at Eastman Dental Hospital is listed at Grade II for the following principal reasons:

Architectural interest: * as an intact 1930s fountain constructed in good quality materials;

Historical interest: * for its connection with two major benefactors of the Royal Free Hospital in the early C20. It is dedicated to Lord Riddell, the Chairman of the Royal Free Hospital and was paid for by Sir Alfred Levy the Honorable Secretary of the hospital. Both Lord Riddell and Alfred Levy provided substantial funding for the Grade II Listed 1928-1931 Eastman Dental Clinic and Sir Alfred Levy provided funding for the 1931-1932 Levy Wing at the Royal Free Hospital, a purpose-built maternity, physical medicine and orthopaedic unit;

Group value: * both by proximity and association as it is situated near the Grade II listed Eastman Dental Clinic, and is of a similar date to it.

History

This fountain was erected in 1931 in thanksgiving for the restoration to health of the President of the Royal Free Hospital, Lord Riddell, and was funded by Sir Alfred Levy. Lord Riddell and Sir Alfred Levy provided substantial funding for the 1928-1931 Eastman Dental Clinic and Sir Alfred Levy provided funding for the Levy Wing of 1931-1932, at the Royal Free Hospital, a purpose-built maternity, physical medicine and orthopaedic unit.

The fountain was removed in 1939 and put into storage until 1994 when it was restored and replaced by the Eastman Dental Hospital.

Details

Erected in 1931, in thanksgiving for the restoration to health of the President of the Royal Free Hospital, Lord Riddell, and funded by Sir Alfred Levy.

MATERIALS: white marble with copper statue.

DETAILS: the fountain comprises a copper statue of a cherub clutching a dolphin standing on a marble urn-shaped support above a shallow circular bowl on a pedestal and square base. It is set on three circular marble steps on an octagonal plinth, which is inscribed:

'1931. THIS FOUNTAIN HAS BEEN ERECTED AND THE COURTYARD BEAUTIFIED AS A PERMANENT MEMORIAL OF THANKSGIVING FOR THE RESTORATION TO HEALTH OF THE PRESIDENT OF THE HOSPITAL THE RT. HON. LORD RIDDELL BY THE HONORARY TREASURER SIR ALFRED LEVY WHO ENDOWED FUNDS FOR THEIR MAINTENANCE.'

Sources

Websites
Reference to Fountain at Eastman Dental Hospital, accessed 21/06/18 from https://myzen.co.uk/royalfree.html

Legal

This building is listed under the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) Act 1990 as amended for its special architectural or historic interest.

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