Haddonstone was invited by Stoke Park Club, a prestigious hotel and country club in Buckinghamshire, to restore their historic double-tiered fountain. Stoke Park was opened as a country club in 1908. The park’s golf course is listed as one of the top 100 courses in the world and is set in 350 acres of formal landscaped grounds that were originally designed by Humphry Repton.
The original fountain featured an ornate design which comprised six dolphins on the lower tier and one on the upper level. The dolphins support two bowls with bold gadrooning around the base and egg and dart detailing on the rim. The fountain was originally commissioned by Wilberforce Bryant, the owner of the estate from 1887 to 1906.
Our craftsmen created an exact replica of the ornate design, by taking impressions of the existing stonework, which helped them to create the plaster models that were necessary to produce the moulds for the final stonework to be cast. These were then re-carved and enhanced to recreate the intricacy of the original designs, before being used to produce the master production moulds. We also produced a number of large bespoke urns with intricate fruit and vine detailing as part of the project.
Hertford King of Stoke Park Club said: “We used Haddonstone because we have bought pieces from them for decades and have always had good experiences with regards to quality and durability”.
The fountain was produced in our Bath colour and in TecStone, our wet-cast limestone material, because it is a high specification wet-cast limestone that provides a smooth finish and does not weather quickly.
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