"This fountain was erected by voluntary subscription of the inhabitants of Heckmondwike as a token of their loyalty and to commemorate the marriage of HRH The Prince of Wales with HRH The Princess Alexandra of Denmark, March 10 1863"
Poverty was widespread in West Yorkshire in the 1860s. The workhouses were full and bellies were empty. Infant mortality was high and wages - where work could be found - were low. So what did the burghers of Heckmondwike do? They built a fountain to celebrate a royal wedding.