Queen Victoria’s Fountain

This ornate fountain, let into the whitewashed wall at the top of Clovelly’s cobbled street, was set here in 1901 to commemorate the honoured memory of Queen Victoria. Incorporating a noble portrait head of the monarch, swans with wings outstretched, and a bowl in the form of a scallop shell, it was designed by Lady Feodora Gleichen, a cousin of Queen Victoria and the first female member of the Royal Academy.
Influenced strongly by the Arts and Crafts Movement, the fountain is a stylish piece of work. Lady Gleichen exhibited regularly at the Royal Academy, and her celebrated statue of Artemis stands in Hyde Park.