Information for record number MWA19215:
Obelisk in honour of Henry Bright, The Parade, Leamington Spa

Summary Obelisk in pink granite on a sandstone pedestal erected in 1875 (on the east side facing the Parade between Regent Grove and Hamilton Terrace) to honour Henry Bright for his contribution to the supply of pure water for public use in 1878.
What Is It?  
Type: Obelisk
Period: Unknown
Where Is It?  
Parish: Leamington Spa
District: Warwick, Warwickshire
Grid Reference: SP 31 65
(Data represented on this map shows the current selected record as a single point, this is for illustrative purposes only and does not represent an accurate or complete representation of archaeological sites or features)
Level of Protection National - Listed Building (Grade: )
Listed Building (Grade: II)
Sites & Monuments Record

Source Number  

1 Obelisk. Dated 1880. Sandstone base, with pinkish-grey granite Obelisk and plaque. Base square on plan with water bowl to front and surmounted by pedestal and Obelisk. 2 steps to stepped and chamfered rusticated base. To front an water-bowl (now filled in) on triangular bracket projects as semi-circle and is set within semi-circular niche containing shell with non-functioning fountain. Surmounting pedestal has 4 short, square pillars to angles with recessed granite plaques between, that to front carries inscription, that to rear carries date. Frieze of stylized bay leaves splayed to support projecting cornice, with stylized scroll and zig-zag motif, stepped upwards as base of Obelisk, itself in 4 sections. Inscription reads 'ERECTED / BY PUBLIC SUBSCRIPTION / TO RECORD THE SERVICES OF / ALDERMAN HENRY BRIGHT / TO WHOSE UNTIRING EXERTIONS / THIS TOWN IS CHIEFLY INDEBTED / FOR ITS SUPPLY OF / PURE WATER'.
2 Henry Bright was a Leamington business man. He campaigned for improvements to the lives of ordinary people and served on various Boards such as the Board of Health. He campaigned against the pollution of the River Leam, from which much of Leamington was privately supplied with water. He overcame strong opposition to establish a borehole which secured an abundant supply of pure water, which was turned on for public use in November 1878. An Obelisk was erected in his honour. There were some objections to its construction from William Willes, the son of Edward Willes whose Obelisk was being constructed at around the same time (MWA19214). See page 45 for further details. Page 44 has colour photographs of the Obelisk, the inscription (referred to in 1 above), Henry Bright, and of Mr Bright with his Obelisk in 1881.

Source No: 2
Source Type: Bibliographic reference
Title: The Obelisks of Warwickshire
Author/originator: Warwickshire Gardens Trust
Date: 2013
Page Number:
Source No: 1
Source Type: Statuatory List
Title: National Heritage List for England
Author/originator: Historic England
Page Number:
There are no images associated with this record.  
back to top


Word or Phrase
designation Listed Building Buildings and structures, such as bridges, that are of architectural or historical importance are placed on a statutory list. These buildings are protected by planning and conservation acts that ensure that their special features of interest are considered before any alterations are made to them.

Depending on how important the buildings are they are classed as Grade I, Grade II* or Grade II. Grade I buildings are those of exceptional interest. Grade II* are particularly important buildings of more than special interest. Those listed as Grade II are those buildings that are regarded of special interest.
monument FOUNTAIN * An artificial aperture from which water springs. The water supply usually came from a lake or reservoir higher up in order to ensure the necessary flow and pressure. More recently fountains have been powered by pumps. back
monument OBELISK * A tall, tapering pillar with a pyramidal top, generally square on plan. Used in England from the late 16th century as a public, funerary or garden monument. back
monument PEDESTAL * A concrete, cylindrical pedestal on which a spigot mortar was mounted. The pedestal is often the only evidence for a Spigot Mortar emplacement to survive. back
monument SQUARE * An open space or area, usually square in plan, in a town or city, enclosed by residential and/or commercial buildings, frequently containing a garden or laid out with trees. back
monument PLAQUE * An ornamental, commemorative tablet. Use with materials field when indexing. back
monument STEPS * A series of flat-topped structures, usually made of stone or wood, used to facilitate a person's movement from one level to another. back
monument TOWN * An assemblage of public and private buildings, larger than a village and having more complete and independent local government. back
monument TERRACE * A row of houses attached to and adjoining one another and planned and built as one unit. back

* Copyright of English Heritage (1999)

English Heritage National Monuments Record