A dedication plaque has been unveiled on a wall next to an historic refurbished fountain in the Old Town of Bridlington.
The fountain was originally placed near the former Lloyds Hospital (Quay Road) in memory of Humphry Sandwith who was born in the town and became Surgeon General to the British Army in the Crimean War.
Known as the Westgate Trough, water was originally piped in ‘for horses and dogs’ but it has been assumed that humans used the trough for their needs.
At the ceremony, Mayor Cllr Liam Dealtry, unveiled the plaque along with several other councillors and local historian and monumental mason David Mooney who renovated the fountain with funding from Bridlington Town Council.
Within the plinth a time capsule has been stored, containing an edition of the Bridlington Echo from May 2019 along with other newspapers and the town crest.
Said David: “It was an honour to have been asked unveil the plaque after I refurbished the memorial stone. This is one of the many great parts of Bridlington’s local history.”
Mayor, Cllr Dealtry, Bridlington said: “I would like to thank Bridlington Town Council who helped with the funding of the plaque and memorial stone and also David Mooney for all his research and hard work – plus everyone who has been involved in the project.”
Pictured: The plaque and the unveiling ceremony. From left: Cllr Mike Heslop-Mullens, Mayoress Michelle Dealtry, Mayor Cllr Liam Dealtry, historian David Mooney, Cllr Jackie Foster and Cllr Andy Walker.
Info Box. Humphry Sandwith. 1822-1881
Sandwith was an Army physician and social justice campaigner and was born in Bridlington Old Town.
He served as Inspector General of Hospitals during the Crimean War and it was here that Sandwith endured the six-month long Siege of Kars, helping the sick and wounded.
After further voluntary relief work, he travelled widely and died in Paris aged 59.
In 1883 the Sandwith family donated the water fountain in Humphry’s memory and it was originally placed near the old Lloyd Hospital on Quay Road until the move to Westgate in the Old Town and subsequently renovation by monumental mason David Mooney.