Mermaid Fountain, St Georges Gardens, Lord Street, Southport, Merseyside UK
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member AngelPick
N 53° 38.970 W 003° 00.188
30U E 499792 N 5944526
Quick Description: A memorial fountain on Lord Street originally built by the Connard family and recently refurbished as part of the towns £4m renovation scheme.
Location: North West England, United Kingdom
Date Posted: 7/22/2012 6:47:12 AM
Waymark Code: WMEYB9
Published By: Groundspeak Charter Member huggy_d1
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Long Description:
The Mermaid Fountain built in 1914 was refurbished an unveiled again on Wednesday August 14th 2008 following specialist restoration.

The Lord Street fountain opened in 1914 was originally commissioned by local jewellers, the Connard family.

Walter Connard established The Jewellers firm of Connard & Son in 1883. In 1912 he built the Palladium Picture Palace Cinema of which he was the Managing Director until 1922.
In 1913 following talks with the local council it was agreed that he could develop the land in front of the cinema into St Georges Gardens on the condition they financed a sculpture designed by him that should be sited within the park.

I can find when it was build, why it was built, when it was refurbed but can I find the name of the original sculptor – no, sorry.
Still well worth a visit particularly on a hot day when it is a very pleasant place to sit.

The sculpture itself is rather fine if a bit “busty” for a mermaid. Then again I’ve never met a mermaid (whilst sober) so they may all look that for all I know!
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dtrebilc visited Mermaid Fountain, St Georges Gardens, Lord Street, Southport, Merseyside UK 5/17/2012 dtrebilc visited it