Over Norton Pump (click on photographs to bring up bigger/better versions).

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The village of Over Norton, near Chipping Norton, boasts this very grand pump on its green, surrounded by wrought iron railings - and which is quite out of proportion to the village. Three stone columns carry a large canopy surmounted by a cross; under the canopy, at the top of a central polished granite column, are three shields, one of which has the inscription:
This fountain
was erected
to the memory of
Colonel Henry Dawkins
of Over Norton
and of
Emma Mrs Dawkins
his wife
by their four surviving
Another shield carries the initials of the Colonel and his wife: HD OB Nov 1864 and ED OB Dec 1864, surrounded by an ivy frond [OB = "met death"], and the third shield is a coat of arms - I assume the family's. The pump itself is surrounded by swirls of wrought iron, and has a flamboyant bronze serpent's head for a spout. At some later stage, when piped water was introduced to the village, a utilitarian tap has been installed alongside.

Markings: (Unusual maker's mark, which pre-dates their Lion trademark.)

Manufacturer: Joseph Evans