Overtoun Drinking Well
Location: Overtoun, Greenock, Inverclyde, Scotland
Within the moorland of Inverclyde is the Greenock Cut, a narrow aqueduct channelling water from the hills into the city. At the east end of the aqueduct at Overtoun, the cut passes under a bridge. On the west side is a cast iron drinking fountain and two plaques which commemorate the centenary of the cut created in 1827.
The fountain was cast by Glenfield and Kennedy of Kilmarnock. It consists of a single pedestal with a fluted demi-lune basin. The scroll backplate was embellished with floral bas-relief and a lion mascaron. Above the lion mask a circle held the inscription of the foundry, Glenfield Kennedy Limited Kilmarnock. A medallion with rope moulding contained a central push button which released water from the lion mask. A drinking cup was originally suspended by a chain.
- Bas-relief, sculpted material that has been raised from the background to create a slight projection from the surface
- Demi-lune, half moon or crescent shape
- Mask/Mascaron, a decorative element in the form of a sculpted face or head of a human being or an animal
- Medallion, a circular device bearing a portrait or relief moulding
- Pedestal, an architectural support for a column or statue
Posted on April 24, 2015, in Architecture, Cast Iron, Glenfield & Kennedy, Memorial Drinking Fountain, Scotland and tagged Greenock, Greenock Cut, Inverclyde, Overtoun. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.