History of Mazda Fountain

Given to town in 1930

By Tim Carder

At the northern end of Victoria Gardens stands the Mazda electric fountain, given to the town in 1930 by Thomson-Houston Ltd following an exhibition.

On 1 October 1987 it was switched on again following several years of disuse to delight passers-by with its multicoloured illuminated cycle and 35-foot jets of water.

Reproduced with permission from the Encyclopaedia of Brighton by Tim Carder, 1990
This page was added on 22/03/2006.
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In 1930 British Thomson-Houston (BTH) was one of the companies vying to install sound systems in British cinemas. By coincidence (or not), a BTH system was inaugurated at the Duke of York's cinema, just up the road at Preston Circus, in May 1930. If the fountain was intended as a promotional exercise, it had relatively little effect in local cinemas. The next to install BTH equipment appears to be the Odeon Kemp Town in 1934. Still, it was a generous gift to the town and good that it's working again.
By David Fisher (01/10/2004)

I remember this fountain from the end of WW2. I often wondered what it was as it was closed down during the war years. When it was allowed to be used again I was absolutely entranced by the colours and the jets of water. In my childish opinion it was much better than the fountain in Steine Gardens.

By Maureen Sweet (07/09/2010)

It was in the 50s & 60s when I grew up in Brighton. This was the best fountain with all the lovely colours, the other one looks O.K in the daytime but not a patch on this one at night. I asked my dad why there were lights in the trees and he told me "It was so the birds could see their way to bed".

By Anne Newman (30/01/2011)

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