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Oxford Inscriptions: Clock and fountain


Inscription about clock on Plain roundabout

IN HONOREM VICTORIÆ D. G. BRITT. REG.
A.D. MDCCCXCVII DUODECIM IAM LUSTRA COMPLENTIS
FONTEM ISTUM CUM HOROLOGIO PARANDUM
CURAVIT CUM UXORE G. HERBERTUS MORRELL SENATOR

[G. Herbert Morrell, M.P.,* together with his wife, arranged for
this fountain with a clock to be set up in honour of Victoria,
by the Grace of God Queen of the Britains,
who now in 1897 has completed twelve lustra]

* Or possibly Alderman, as Morrell was an Alderman of Oxford and M.P. for Woodstock

The above inscription is situated just under the drinking fountain on the Plain roundabout.

A lustrum is a five-year period, so “twelve lustra” means 60 years. Herbert Morrell was the wealthy brewer who lived at Headington Hill Hall in St Clement’s parish,

The fountain was not actually officially opened until 1899, two years after the Jubilee.

More inscriptions on this fountain


Close-up of clock face

 

LYMPHA CADIT
RUIT HORA
SAGAX BIBE

CARPE FUGACEM

 

[The water falls
The time goes by
Be wise and drink,
Seize the swift-flying time]

This inscription under the clock, with one word on each facet of the octagonal roof, refers both to the clock and the fountain below.

Stephanie Jenkins