Dulcote Fountain

Dulcote Fountain - Dulcote, Somerset, UK. ID 825_3289

Dulcote Fountain – Dulcote, Somerset, UK. ID 825_3289

The hamlet of Dulcote is a mile south of the City of Wells in Somerset.  It is several well known landmarks but by far the most famous is its unusual fountain.

Dulcote Fountain

This wonderful, but strange, fountain is seen by motorists every day making it a famous local landmark.  But it rarely seen looking like this.  With Somerset in the middle of a deep freeze the fountain has become its very own ice sculpture.

Dulcote Fountain - Dulcote, Somerset, UK. ID 825_3345

Dulcote Fountain – Dulcote, Somerset, UK. ID 825_3345

Apparently the fountain is about 150 years old – it look older!  It is feed under gravity from a spring in the hills above the village.

Dulcote Fountain - Dulcote, Somerset, UK. ID 825_2747

Dulcote Fountain – Dulcote, Somerset, UK. ID 825_2747

The water is extremely hard and it has gradually turned the original decorative fountain into a big block of rock.

Dulcote Fountain - Dulcote, Somerset, UK. ID 825_3269

Dulcote Fountain – Dulcote, Somerset, UK. ID 825_3269

The ice looks a lot like the stalagmites found in the nearby Wookey Hole caves.  The longest icicles most be nearly a metre long.

Dulcote Fountain - Dulcote, Somerset, UK. ID 825_3286

Dulcote Fountain – Dulcote, Somerset, UK. ID 825_3286

Around the base of the fountain is a moat of water which has not frozen.  The spray dripping down keeps all the water moving as it caught by the wind.

Dulcote Fountain - Dulcote, Somerset, UK. ID 825_3327

Dulcote Fountain – Dulcote, Somerset, UK. ID 825_3327

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