The Adamson Memorial Drinking Fountain stands at the northern end of Beverley Terrace and enjoys a prime position overlooking picturesque Cullercoats Bay. Unveiled in 1888, the memorial has long been an essential part of the fabric of the village in much the same way as the Watch House, erected 9 years earlier.
The white marble spire rises from an octagonal trough, has bronze lion-head spouts and is decorated with dolphins, shells and foliate reliefs. The base contains a white marble panel which is inscribed, “Erected by a few friends in memory of Bryan John Huthwaite Adamson Lieut. R.N. Commanding H.M.S. Wasp which sailed from Singapore Sep. 10-1887 and was never heard of after. The site was given for this memorial by His Grace the Duke of Northumberland 1888”.
The memorial enjoys Grade II Listed status and has recently undergone restoration funded by North Tyneside Council.
The Adamson family, William, Hannah and their four children Constance, Bryan, Alan and Elonor, lived at Garden House, a large residence in the village. The father, William, was a Solicitor and something of an amateur coastal watercolourist. His other son, Alan, became a friend of the American watercolourist Winslow Homer during the artists stay in Cullercoats between 1881-1882. With Homer`s encouragement Alan travelled to and finally settled in America. The time Winslow Homer spent in Cullercoats greatly influenced his work and, on returning home, he went on to become arguably the greatest American watercolourist of his generation.
Follow THE COASTAL WALK and, as you pass through historic Cullercoats, you will be able to see for yourself the well refurbished Adamson Memorial Drinking Fountain. You will also be able to enjoy some of the views painted by Winslow Homer over 125 years ago, paintings which now hang on the walls of many major art galleries across America.