North Road Drinking Fountain

In memory of Louis Samuel, a drinking fountain was erected in 1907 in North Road, adjoining the open space in Cathays Park in front of the Law Courts and City Hall. Louis Samuel was the first Jewish Justice of the Peace in Cardiff and he died in 1906.[1]

The fountain was described as 18 feet 8 inches in height, and of red granite, with four drinking basins on grey granite columns.[2] A report in the Weekly Mail before the fountain was erected quoted the inscription: "In Memoriam. Louis Samuel, Died 14th January, 1906. First Jewish Justice of the Peace of the City of Cardiff. Presented by his brothers."[3]

A drinking fountain was shown on the 1920s and 1940s Ordnance Survey maps opposite the Castle where North Road and Kingsway join. On the 1950s map it was no longer shown.

Sources of Information

  1. Registration of death Cardiff 1906 quarter 1, volume 11a page 232
  2. The Weekly Mail Saturday September 28th 1907 page 9
  3. The Weekly Mail Saturday December 22nd 1906 page 7