Neptune Fountain – Cheltenham, England - Atlas Obscura

Neptune Fountain

Cheltenham, England

Believed to be inspired by the Trevi Fountain in Rome. 

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Situated in Cheltenham, the Neptune Fountain is the town’s version of the Trevi Fountain in Rome, Italy. 

Alternatively, some sources suggest Bartolomeo Ammannati is the actual inspiration.To commemorate the Greek god of the seas, this impressive fountain depicts Neptune in a chariot drawn by four seahorses, accompanied by a merman blowing a conch shell.

Neptune sits proudly atop the fountain, adorned in a mantle, and wields a trident. The portrayal of the sea horses, with sculpted balusters and vases filled with flowers surrounding the fountain, further adds to its grandeur.

The sculptor behind this fountain is Yorkshireman Richard Lockwood Boulton. After Richard’s retirement in 1893, his four sons took over the family business and continued in their father’s legacy of sculpting and stone carving. 

Know Before You Go

The nearest bus station is Promenade, and is less than a minute from the fountain. However, the train station (Cheltenham) is a 24-minute walk, and a 14-minute bus journey to the fountain. 

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