This Object is on display in the Features Section of Places Gallery
Rainwater heads collected rainwater from the roofs of many city buildings. This examplewas taken from an old brick house of about 1720 situated between Marlborough Street and Eugene Street, demolished in about 1908. The hopper that fed water into a down pipe is decorated with a finely moulded cherub's head. It's designed to be seen from ground level by being angled sharply forward and down. The quality of this piece and its visual attractiveness are important evidence of the wealth available in Bristol in the early part of the 1700s, which was spent on the relatively minor exterior details of a new town house.Few of this quality survive and many were replaced by plain cast-iron versions.