Promenade Fountain

Location: Porthcawl, Wales

In the early 19th century Stoneleigh House on John Street was a girls’ boarding school and college. A cast iron drinking fountain was inset to the front wall surrounding the property.

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The fountain was later relocated to the shelter on the promenade opposite the Seabank Hotel. Several of the original embellishments no longer exist and it is not functional at the present time.

The font, design number 17 (4 feet 5 inches high) from Walter Macfarlane’s catalogue, was manufactured by the Saracen Foundry in Glasgow, Scotland. The design utilizes features of the canopy used in drinking fountain number 8, and is surmounted by a palmette finial. Griffin terminals once flanked a highly decorated arch outlined with rope detail which also encircled a medallion hosting the image of a crane. The recessed interior of the arch contains a shell lunette from which a tap protrudes. A single drinking cup on a chain was suspended above a fluted demi-lune basin.

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Original manufacturer’s design

Glossary

  • Demi-lune, half moon or crescent shape
  • Finial, a sculptured ornament fixed to the top of a peak, arch, gable or similar structure
  • Griffin, winged lion denotes vigilance and strength, guards treasure and priceless possessions
  • Lunette, the half-moon shaped space framed by an arch, often containing a window or painting
  • Palmette, a decorative motif resembling the fan shaped leaves of a palm tree
  • Terminal, statue or ornament that stands on a pedestal
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