Gourock’s Lost Drinking Fountains

Location: Gourock

These two lost cast iron drinking fountains, for which I have been unable to find information on erection dates or other history, were manufactured by Walter Macfarlane’s Saracen Foundry in Possilpark, Glasgow, Scotland.

The fountain located in Kempock Street was replaced by the early 1950s with a car park for the Ashton Café.

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Source: Facebook/Gourock and District in old photos

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Source: Facebook/Gourock and District in old photos

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Source: Facebook/Gourock and District in old photos

The second drinking fountain was located on the Promenade and was very similar with the exception of the crane terminal.

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Source: Facebook/Gourock and District in old photos

Design number 7 standing 5 ft 8ins featured a single pedestal basin with four pilasters rising from an octagonal plinth. Four salamanders descended the fountain pedestal as a symbol of courage and bravery.

The basin, 2 ft 6 ins in diameter, had a scalloped edge and decorative relief. The interior surface was engraved, and a sculptured urn was terminated by the figure of a crane, a symbol of vigilance. Four elaborate consoles supported drinking cups on chains. Water flowed from a spout into the drinking cup by pressing its edge against a projecting stud below the spout. The self-closing valve allowed for operation with only one hand.

Glossary:

  • Console, a decorative bracket support element
  • Plinth, flat base usually projecting, upon which a pedestal, wall or column rests
  • Terminal, statue or ornament that stands on a pedestal
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Posted on January 10, 2017, in Architecture, Cast Iron, Drinking Fountain, Lost, Saracen Foundry, Scotland and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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