IHBC features ‘Heritage from the doorstep’: Outrage as historic fountain stolen from Grimsby cemetery

North East Lincolnshire Council is appealing to the public to help track down a decorative fountain that has been stolen from Grimsby Cemetery, the Grimsby Telegraph reports.

image: NE Lincolnshire Council website

… The piece was initially thought to have been hit by a vehicle before parts of it were stolen…

Grimsby Telegraph writes:

A fountain that has stood in Grimsby cemetery for decades has been stolen.

The fountain was used by mourners to help fill up flower containers on the graves of loved ones.

The piece was initially thought to have been hit by a vehicle before parts of it were stolen during the incident.

Crematorium staff managed to recover some parts of it.

It was due to be restored in the next phase of restoration work for the cemetery with repairs being made to the lions on either side as well as the decorative top.

Little is known about the fountain itself, but it is thought that it was created in 1888 to coincide with the construction of the chapels in the area.

North East Lincolnshire Council are now appealing to the public to help them with their enquiries as they attempt to recover the fountain.

Councillor Stewart Swinburn, portfolio holder for environment, energy and transport at North East Lincolnshire Council, said: “Staff are really upset by the theft of the piece. It has stood on the site for several decades.

“We just cannot understand why anyone would steal from a cemetery.…

“….The lion’s heads are quite distinctive and easy to spot.

“Parts of the fountain disappeared in July…

“Now we’re turning to the public for help in tracking down the missing parts….”

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For background see the North East Lincolnshire Council website

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