Improving Ilkley

Ilkley Fountain 2024

A restored landmark for Ilkley’s community celebrating the story of our town, its water and the moor above. A place to meet, reflect, and enjoy together.
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The Ilkley Fountain Project aims to raise funds by 31st May 2024 to revive and restore an important landmark of our Yorkshire spa town by installing a contemporary, locally designed fountain in a central location at the top of Brook Street, where a Victorian fountain once stood.

Donate here, bid at the art auction at the Tinker Gallery, or buy a limited edition of the scale model! More info below...

Like the original Victorian fountain, our fountain is conceived, created, and funded by local people and local organisations as a gesture of hope for the future. The project includes the restoration of the dilapidated gravity-fed fountain mechanism from 1865 so, like the original, the new design will run with fresh moorland water.

Improving Ilkley invites you to help turn this vision into reality with a sculptural centrepiece at the heart of the town, celebrating moorland water and Sphagnum Moss, a keystone species vital to the past, present, and future of our unique local ecosystem.

Donors of any amount, large or small, will be included on a public list which will form an historic record of the project. ‘Keystone’ donors of £250.00 and above are invited to have their names displayed permanently at the fountain site.

This is our moment to show unity and purpose by delivering a fountain symbolising how a community can come together to preserve for future generations the things we all know to be precious, from clean water in the river, to moorland habitats and treasured local institutions.


Additional images of scale model

Limited edition of scale model information

Further design information of fountain sculpure and gravity-fed plan

Tinker Gallery information

About the charity

Improving Ilkley

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Improving Ilkley was incorporated to identify, fund and deliver projects that enhance, preserve and benefit Ilkley and Ben Rhydding – working in conjunction with key community stakeholders and the council by consensus and consultation. The group is run as a not-for-profit organisation that will coordinate fundraising to deliver the identified projects. Projects can be suggested for feasibility appraisal from residents, community groups, community ‘interested parties’ e.g. The Civic Society, commercial entities.

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