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Festival Park Fountain

Location: Sasnovaja St, Gomel, Belarus

This fountain is located in Festival Park at the entrance leading to the Mound of Glory, a memorial in honor of the Soviet soldiers who fought in World War II and the liberation of Belarus.

The fountain was created at the Tsentrolit plant, a renowned producer of grey and ductile iron castings, and castings from bronze and brass. Although Gomel has had a cast iron foundry since 1883, the Tsentrolit Foundry was not built until the 1960s.

The filigree canopy closely resembles pattern #20, a design by the legendary Scottish foundry of Walter Macfarlane, and the design on the bulbous form on each pillar resembles the base of lamp pillar #1229. It’s therefore quite possible that this structure was cast using cloned designs and patterns of the Saracen Foundry in Scotland.

The canopy with highly decorated cusped arches displays lunettes with images of a lion mascaron. Floral relief decorates the circular, open filigree, ribbed dome which is supported by eight decorative columns. Beneath the canopy stands a square structure with peaked roof which contained the source of drinking water.

Glossary:

  • Cusped Arch, the point of intersection of lobed or scalloped forms
  • Filigree, fine ornamental work
  • Lunette, the half-moon shaped space framed by an arch, often containing a window or painting
  • Mascaron, a decorative element in the form of a sculpted face or head of a human being or an animal

Beever Drinking Fountain

Location: Coniston, South Lakeland, Cumbria

On the steep hill to High Cross (B5285) is a drinking fountain and horse trough embedded into a structure created from slate and rock. It was donated by Miss Susanna Beever, a local botanist and animal lover who was a close friend of John Ruskin, artist, writer, and philanthropist.

Source: https://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/4756945Creative Commons Listing, Nygel Makura

The central pier hosts an inscription which was originally created with lead lettering to read: In/Memoriam/Erected By/Susanna Beever/1885.

The cast iron drinking fountain is model D17 cast by the Kennedy Patent Water Meter Co. Ltd. of Kilmarnock, Scotland, now known as Glenfield & Kennedy Ltd. The fountain has a legend at the top which reads; Keep The Pavement Dry, and the name of the maker, T. Kennedy Patentee, Kilmarnock.

The cast iron backplate has straight sides with arches at the top and bottom. A central push button released water from a shell motif spigot into a fluted demi-lune basin. A galvanized cup, originally suspended by a chain, captured drinking water from patented self-closing taps.

On the left is a horse trough with spigot. The legend above is from King James Bible Proverbs 12:10; A Righteous Man/Regardeth The Life/Of His Beast.

A third inscription above a seat for the weary traveller offers a modified version of Psalm 104:10: He Sendeth The/Springs Into The/Rivers Which Run/Among The Hills. It is recorded in a book on the subject of fly fishing that a grateful driver once scratched the words; God Bless Miss Beever!

The entire structure was recorded as a Grade II listed building on 22 September 1987.

Source: British Listed Buildings

Glossary:

  • Demi-lune, half moon or crescent shape
  • Fluted, a long rounded groove
  • Spigot, a device that controls the flow of liquid

Parliament Square Drinking Fountain

Location: Edinburgh, Scotland

I have no information on this drinking fountain. However, I decided to post it as it is such a historic and unique photo. Taken by George Malcolm in 1938 it was located outside the west door of St. Giles Cathedral in Edinburgh.

The structure is a cylinder hosting a trough for dogs at ground level. A magnified image of the bas-relief appears to be the Edinburgh Council Coat of Arms. The capital contained a basin in the form of a shell from which a bubbler emitted water.

At the well, Parliament Square
https://www.flickr.com/photos/capitalcollections/3720060999/

St. Helen’s Road Park Fountain

Location: Ormskirk, Lancashire, England

The drinking fountain in St. Helen’s Road Park on Knowsley Road was installed in the late 19th century as part of the public park design. It was recorded as a Grade II listing by Historic England on 11-Apr-1994.

Calibre Metalwork was hired by West Lancashire Borough Council to restore the fountain and to replicate a missing support from the corona. It was cleaned, painted and reinstalled in 2013.

Pattern #48 from Walter MacFarlane’s Saracen Foundry catalogue is seated on an octagonal base from which four pilasters support a basin, the rim of which is decorated with floral motifs. The base and the bowl are stamped with the trade mark, Walter Macfarlane, Glasgow, Saracen Foundry. Four arced stems projected above the basin form an open fretwork corona. The 6ft high fountain terminates with a decorative spike. Originally water delivered by a central and two side spouts was captured in a drinking cup suspended by a chain.

Glossary:

  • Corona, Open framework in shape of a crown
  • Fret, running or repeated ornament
  • Pilaster, a column form that is only ornamental and not supporting a structure