Mary Short memorial fountain, St Asaph
This memorial fountain was created in 1865 by Bishop Vowler Short (1790-1872) in memory of his wife Mary. It provided a supply of clean water to local citizens who at that time had no piped water. The water was dispensed from the carved lion’s head, above and below which are inscribed Biblical quotations relating to water.
The fountain was originally in Mount Road and was moved to its present location in the early 1900s, after piped water was provided in 1898. The fountain was no longer needed after 1898, and therefore funds from the Mary Short Fountain Trust were diverted to “relieving the poor of the water rate”.
St Asaph council restored the fountain in 1993.
Thomas Vowler Short was bishop of Sodor and Man (covering the Isle of Man) before becoming bishop of St Asaph. He wrote several books on church matters, including a history of the Church of England before 1688. You can see a painting of him online here (BBC Your Paintings website).