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The Memorial Fountain in Broad Street, March was chosen to commemorate the Coronation of King George V and Queen Mary in 1911. The idea of a drinking fountain for both humans and animals, as a permanent memorial in March for the Coronation.

It was made of cast-iron by Scottish engineers, W. Macfarlane and Co., of Possilpark and is a listed Grade II building, listed by English Heritage on 22 February 1985. Elaborately worked, it is open-sided with an octagonal stepped base and a domed roof. The drinking water fountain was removed in the last century as it obstructed the view of traffic and was sold. The troughs have also been removed.

Although dated June 22nd 1911, there is no mention of the fountain in the report of the Coronation Day celebrations in The March Advertiser, Cambridgeshire and Isle of Ely County Press of June 28th 1911. It is said to have been dedicated on June 26th 1912 by Mr. William Golden.

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Additional Photos by marion morgan (jester5) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 96 W: 66 N: 582] (1960)
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