Parliament Square Fountain
Location: Ramsey, Isle of Man
In Parliament Square outside the old town hall is a beautifully restored cast iron lamp post which was originally a drinking fountain. The fountain was design number 194 in the Sun Foundry catalog. However, the design was purchased by the Lion Foundry of Kirkintilloch after 1899 and was re-titled as design #41.
The original structure was 17 feet 2 inches high. The pedestal with chamfered edge hosts four panels containing a lion mascaron with self-closing tap from which water spouted into small basins. Drinking water was captured in metal cups suspended on chains. Overflow water which drained into demi-lune troughs for horses also fed small troughs at ground level for dogs.
A frieze of acanthus leaves is situated beneath the capital upon which there is a lamp standard with a base of four decorative scrolls. The pedestal has a bulbous base with bas-relief extending into a fluted column with bands. A two tiered acroter supports decorative yoke maintenance arms and a tapered hexagon glass lantern.
The fonts were removed sometime between 1936 and 1970 per historical images, relegating the structure to an elaborate lamp post. It was demolished when a car crashed into it in 2014, and restored by a local company, Hamilton Project Management Limited.
- Acanthus, one of the most common plant forms (deeply cut leaves) to make foliage ornament and decoration
- Acroter, flat base
- 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
- Compass cross, a cross of equal vertical and horizontal lengths, concentric with and overlaying a circle.
- Console, a decorative bracket support element
- Demi-lune, half moon or crescent shape
- Frieze, the horizontal part of a classical moulding just below the cornice, often decorated with carvings
- Mascaron, a decorative element in the form of a sculpted face or head of a human being or an animal
- Pedestal, an architectural support for a column or statue
- Yoke maintenance arms, the bars near the top of a street light which supported the lamplighter’s ladder
Posted on June 2, 2016, in Architecture, Cast Iron, Drinking Fountain, Isle of Man, Lion Foundry, Sun Foundry and tagged BB Consulting Engineers, Hamilton Project Management Limited, Parliament Square, Ramsey, Isle of Man. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.