The Foster Bowl

The oval fruit bowl being half fluted and having a gadrooned edge with scallop shell motifs at intervals. The handles of floral decorated C scroll form, the body standing on a half fluted spreading foot. Above the fluting in the plain area is inscribed, “Presented to William Walker Foster (Together with the Freedom of the Borough) By the Mayor, Alderman and Councillors on his retirement from the office of Town Clerk and is appreciation of his long and faithful and unselfish service, William Robinson Mayor”.

Made in Sheffield in 1897 by John Round & Co.

William Walker Foster was Town Clerk from 1919 to 1941 a period of 22 years, Richmond’s longest serving clerk during the 20th century. A keen cyclist in his early years, he was President of the Richmond Cycling Club, a stalwart of the Richmond Meet and a judge at most local cycling events.

© Copyright of Alan M.Wilcox Richmond Town Clerk 1985-1997.