Location: St. Peter Port, Guernsey
This octagonal shaped ornamental cow-tailed pump at the junction of La Rue du Pre and Park St. in St. Peter Port is design #8 from the catalogue of George Smith & Co. An inscription on the base identifies the Sun Foundry as the manufacturer; George Smith & Co / Sun Foundry / Glasgow.
A small trough set into the base of the structure was for the use of dogs. The single pillar with attic base hosts inset arched panels for dedication. Entablature with bolt consoles sits beneath an ogee cupola with alternate panels of fleur de lys motif. The pump handle and six sided glass pane lantern are missing; however, yoke maintenance arms that originally supported the lamp-lighter’s ladder are still in evidence. The lantern was capped with a ball and spike finial.
As part of improvements to the town of St. Peter Port in February 1876, a triangular space named Trinity Square was created with trees, iron seats, and a double-sided pump also believed to be manufactured by the Sun Foundry.
A hexagonal pedestal with attic base and inset arch panels contains a tap with bucket hook, a cow tail handle, and a lion head mascaron from which water spouted. Above the lion spout is an inscribed plaque; St. Peter Port / 1876 / J.A. Carey / F.H. Shortt / Constables. (Constables in the islands of Jersey and Guernsey are elected heads of the Parishes who enforce the decisions of the Parish.) Cursive scroll consoles support yoke maintenance arms which assisted the lamplighter to reach a gas lantern no longer in evidence.
- Attic base, a column base with two rings
- Console, a decorative bracket support element
- Cupola, a small, domed structure on top of a roof.
- Entablature, moldings and bands which lie horizontally above columns
- Finial, a sculptured ornament fixed to the top of a peak, arch, gable or similar structure
- Mascaron, a decorative element in the form of a sculpted face or head of a human being or an animal
- Ogee, curve with a concave
- 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