King’s Park Fountain

This cast iron drinking fountain located in the East corner of King’s Park, Stirling, was manufactured by the Lion Foundry in Kirkintilloch, Scotland using a design from George Smith & Co. Catalogue.

This cast iron drinking fountain was manufactured by the Lion Foundry in Kirkintilloch, Scotland using a design from George Smith & Co. Catalogue. Casting number 41 is a rectangular structure with a square base resting on a two tier plinth. Projecting demi-lune basins flanked by foliated bas-relief are located on four sides. The central pedestal has chamfered corners with additional bas-relief. A palmette frieze sits beneath the capital. The fountain terminates with an urn finial, casting number 339.

It was erected in 1939 to provide fresh drinking water to the public. Restoration in 2006 was funded by Sterling City Heritage Trust and friends of King’s Park in 2006.

It was listed as a category B historic building in 2006, and is the only known example of this unique design, produced by the Lion Foundry in Kirkintilloch.

Glossary

  • Bas-relief, sculpted material that has been raised from the background to create a slight projection from the surface
  • Capital, the top of a column that supports the load bearing down on it
  • Chamfer, a beveled edge
  • Demilune, half moon or crescent shape
  • Finial, a sculptured ornament fixed to the top of a peak, arch, gable or similar structure
  • Foliate, decorated with leaves or leaf like motif
  • Frieze, the horizontal part of a classical entablature just below the cornice, often decorated with carvings
  • Palmette, a decorative motif resembling the fan shaped leaves of a palm tree
  • Pedestal, an architectural support for a column or statue
  • Plinth, flat base usually projecting, upon which a pedestal, wall or column rests

 

 

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