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Innerwick Jubilee Fountain and Trough

Location: Innerwick, East Lothian, Scotland

At the roadside heading west from Innerwick Village to Thurston House is a memorial drinking fountain and horse trough commissioned by Richard Hunter of Thurston to commemorate Queen Victoria’s Golden Jubilee in 1887.

The spring fed fountain is housed in a Dutch gable end of red sandstone ashlar. Originally, it was surmounted with a globe finial which has since been lost or destroyed, due to vandalism or negligence.

On the left side of the base is an arrow shaped symbol carved into the stone. Used in ordnance survey it is known as a trig point.

A slate plaque is engraved in the gable head: A Man Of Kindness / To His Beast Is Kind / But Brutal Actions / Show A Brutal Mind / Remember! He Who Made Thee / Made The Brute / Who Gave Thee Speech And Reason / Formed Him Mute / He Can’t Complain / But God’s All-Seeing Eye / Beholds Thy Cruelty / And Hears His Cry / He Was Designed Thy Servant / Not Thy Drudge / Remember! His Creator / Is Thy Judge

The cast iron drinking fountain is number 16 (3 feet 3 inches high and 2 feet 7 inches wide) manufactured by the Saracen Foundry in Glasgow. The wall mounted drinking fountain is in the form of a round arch trimmed with highly decorated fret detail and rope moulding. The recessed interior of the arch contains a shell lunette from which a tap protrudes, and a dedication in bas-relief, VR Jubilee 1887. A single drinking cup on a chain was formerly suspended from a palmette finial.

Seated on a concave base, the animal trough contains the manufacturer’s stamp, Walter Macfarlane & Co. / Saracen Foundry / Glasgow. This trough is casting number 24 with a basin at ground level for dogs.

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In the year 2000 the cast iron structures were repainted, and the trough was used as a flower planter. Although recorded as a Category B Historic Listing on 17 May 1989, the memorial has been neglected and is now overgrown.

Status per 2016

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Glossary:

  • Ashlar, finely cut stone
  • Bas-relief, sculpted material that has been raised from the background to create a slight projection from the surface
  • Dutch Gable (also known as Flemish gable), a gable whose sides have a shape made up of one or more curves
  • Finial, a sculptured ornament fixed to the top of a peak, arch, gable or similar structure
  • Fret, running or repeated ornament
  • 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

Brown Memorial Fountain

Location: Lodge/Court Street, Haddington, East Lothian, Scotland

Cast by Walter Macfarlane’s Saracen Foundry in Glasgow, this drinking fountain was erected in 1924 from a monetary donation by Mrs. Brown to the town; hence the historical reference of the Brown Memorial Fountain.

Design number 19 (10’ 10” high) was seated on a two tier circular plinth. It has a wide base in the form of a St. Andrew’s cross, on which is set a circular shaft, ornamented with water lilies. Four lion jambs support four highly decorated quatrefoil basins. The stanchion and central column are decorated with floral relief. Four tendrils (still visible) protruded from the column to suspend drinking cups on chains. The capital supports the finial, a statue of Samson. Symbolism was popular in Victorian times. Lions are symbolic of guardianship and Samson is symbolic of strength.

During restoration in 1998 the drinking fountain was converted to an ornamental fountain and now rests on a square plinth set inside a large circular stone basin. A green cast iron railing acts as a barrier and a decorative element. The design consists of thistles alternating with gold stars. Four large brass taps have been added from which water pours into the basins. Lights are positioned around the circumference of the stone basin and jets spray water towards the structure.

Tourists are often tempted to throw coins into the basin wishing for good luck. These funds are periodically donated to charity. As the fountain is in the town centre, it is occasionally the target of pranksters. One highly successful prank involved soap powder which led to suds pouring onto the High Street.

The fountain was listed a category C historic building in 1977. It was cleaned and repainted in 1998.

Glossary

  • Capital, the top of a column that supports the load bearing down on it
  • Finial, a sculptured ornament fixed to the top of a peak, arch, gable or similar structure
  • Jamb, a projecting vertical post containing sculpture
  • Plinth, flat base usually projecting, upon which a pedestal, wall or column rests
  • Quatrefoil, a type of decorative framework consisting of a symmetrical shape which forms the overall outline of four partially-overlapping circles of the same diameter
  • Stanchion, an upright bar or post providing support

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