Bridlington’s Sandwith Memorial Drinking Fountain added to the National Heritage List for England

A Bridlington drinking fountain is among the sites added to the National Heritage List for England in the past 12 months.

Wednesday, 16th December 2020, 2:00 pm
The Sandwith Memorial Drinking Fountain, at the junction of Westgate and Leys Road, is now a Grade II listed site. Photo submitted
The Sandwith Memorial Drinking Fountain, at the junction of Westgate and Leys Road, is now a Grade II listed site. Photo submitted

A Bridlington drinking fountain is among the sites added to the National Heritage List for England in the past 12 months.

The Sandwith Memorial Drinking Fountain, at the junction of Westgate and Leys Road, is now a Grade II listed structure.

Born in Bridlington in 1822, Humphry Sandwith was the chief military medical officer for the British and Turkish forces, at the siege of Kars, during the Crimean War. In 1883, Sandwith’s family erected a drinking fountain to memorialise his life. This public utility served as a water supply for horses and dogs until it was it was removed in 1964 to make way for a roundabout.

Trevor Mitchell, regional director for Historic England in the North East and Yorkshire, said: “Every year, we work to identify the most significant historic sites across the country. Despite the challenges that we have all faced this year, 2020 has seen many brilliant additions to the list in Yorkshire and beyond.”