Jaffe Fountain

Belfast’s Jaffe Fountain

There is a round plaque at the front of the fountain canopy in remembrance of Daniel Joseph Jaffe.

It was first sited in Victoria Square before being moved to the Botanic Gardens, south Belfast in 1933 and lay there for almost 70 years in poor condition. The fountain had to be painstakingly restored due to its condition and to study its original colours underneath the years of neglect.

It has been returned to the original location outside the new Victoria Square Mall.

It is a great link to Belfast’s history and the role of the Jaffe family. Daniel Joseph Jaffe was born in Mecklenburg, Schwerin, northern Germany on August 19, 1809. He laid the foundation stone of the synagogue in Great Victoria Street. He died in Nice on January 21, 1874, and was buried in the Jewish plot at Belfast Cemetery.

Daniel Joseph Jaffe and his older sons formed Jaffe Brothers, linen manufacturers, bleachers and merchants, at Bedford Street, Belfast. Otto a younger son, took over from his older brothers when they retired in 1877 and managed the business they had started with their father.  In 1880 the business had moved to 9 Donegall Square East and 10 Donegall Square South.

Otto Jaffe, was elected as a city councillor in 1894, and was elected as Belfast’s first Lord Mayor in 1899 (the first incumbent of the title ‘Lord’). He was knighted after his first term and re-elected as Lord Mayor in 1904. Sir Otto died in 1929, and was cremated in London.

The narrow triangular building is Bittles Bar. If you need a winter warmer you could try:-

7 thoughts on “Jaffe Fountain

  1. Grannymar Post author

    Mike – It was not working the day I took those photographs, I am not sure if it works in summertime. I must watch out in the months to come, whenever I visit Belfast.

  2. The Old Fossil

    I love the gold filligree struts down the four sides (does anyone know what to really call those things? But, you know what I am referring to). It is the type of ornamentation lost to practicality now. And I love the triangular building. San Francisco has some of those.

  3. Grannymar Post author

    Tee O – I know what you mean. Filigree I associate with fine ornamental work on gold or silver. Arabesque came to my mind, it would describe a complex, ornate design of intertwined floral, foliate, and geometric figures. Of course it can also apply to a ballet position, or in music to an ornate, whimsical composition especially for piano.

    BWT – There were Jaffas in Dublin, one branch of the family were furriers.


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