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Conisbrough Drinking Fountain & Trough

Location:  Conisbrough, South Yorkshire , England       

Coronation Park, a former paddock, was donated to the town by Mrs. Godfrey Walker of Scarborough. It was officially opened on 22 June 1911 to commemorate the Coronation of George V. Public subscription raised money to erect a lamp and fountain at the southern entrance to the park at the junction of Castle Hill and Low Road.  The combined drinking fountain, horse trough and lamp was unveiled by Mrs. Walker. It was listed as a Grade II historic building on 26 November 1987.

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This octagonal shaped drinking fountain is seated within a cast iron trough. The single pillar with attic base hosts inset arched panels. A dedication in the panel states, Coronation / 0f / King / George / V / 22nd June / 1911 / This / Lamp / & Fountain / Was / Erected / By / Public / Subscription. Entablature with bolt consoles sits beneath an ogee cupola with alternate panels of fleur de lys motif. The post and yoke maintenance arms that originally supported a lamp are still in evidence. The six sided glass pane lantern was capped with a ball and spike finial. A small trough at ground level was for the use of dogs.

A plaque is inscribed on the trough; Geo. Wright Ltd. / Burton Weir / Rotherham. This company was an established foundry in Rotherham with connections to the Lion Foundry of Kirkintilloch. The trough was added to an existing design (number 27) originally owned by George Smith & Co. (Sun Foundry) which was obtained by the Lion Foundry when the Sun Foundry closed in 1899.

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Glossary

  • 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
  • Ogee, curve with a concave
  • Yoke maintenance arms, the bars near the top of a street light which supported the lamplighter’s ladder

Hastings Clock

The clock tower drinking fountain in Rotherham, England was commissioned by James Hastings, a local businessman, to commemorate the coronation of George V and Queen Mary. Manufactured at Walter Macfarlane’s Saracen Foundry of Glasgow, the 32 feet tower was installed in 1912 at Effingham Square, Rotherham.

The front of the octagonal pedestal offers a large drinking trough for horses supported by legs in the form of hooves and fetlocks. Receptacles for human consumption are supplied in the form of small basins with a trefoil art-form located between the basin and the tap above. Bands of quatrefoil fret are in each of the eight panels surrounding the pedestal. Seated above angled gables are eight commemorative panels, four of which are blank arch faceplates. Four panels are rectangular with a peaked terminal. An inscription on the panel at the front of the structure states, To Commemorate the / Coronation of / King George V / and / Queen Mary, and a panel on the side is inscribed, Presented By / James Hastings / of Rotherham.

A two tiered acroter supports an attic base with four slender columns from which decorative pendant lamps are suspended. The column capital supports a four sided clock bound by decorative spandrels. The acroteria is edged with elaborate scroll relief, and at each corner is an acorn finial, a symbol of life and immortality. The structure is surmounted with a decorative openwork corona terminating in a ball finial. A chiming bell cast by John Taylor & Co of Loughborough is suspended in the centre of the corona. The clock mechanism was made by John Mason of High Street, Rotherham.

During redevelopment of the area, the tower was relocated from Effingham Square to Walker Place in 1969. It was listed as a grade II historic building in 1986.

In 2013 restoration of the Hastings Clock by Calibre MetalWork included cleaning, repair and repainting of the cast iron structure; and clock restoration specialists Smith of Derby refurbished the physical clock and serviced the timing mechanism before it was returned to its original location in Effingham Square.

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Glossary
Acroter, flat base
Acroteria, an ornament placed on a flat base and mounted at the apex of the pediment
Attic base, a column base with two rings
Capital, the top of a column that supports the load bearing down on it
Corona, a crown
Finial, a sculptured ornament fixed to the top of a peak, arch, gable or similar structure
Fret, running or repeated ornament
Gable, triangular portion of a wall between edges of a dual pitched roof
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
Spandrel, the triangular space between two arches
Terminal, statue or ornament that stands on a pedestal
Trefoil, An ornamental design of three rounded lobes

Herbert Park Fountain

The drinking fountain in Herbert Park, Ballsbridge, Dublin, Ireland is situated north west of the centre of the lake and was erected in 1912 with unused funds raised by Pembroke Township for the Royal visit of King George V and Queen Mary in 1911.

Documentation states that the drinking fountain was designed by an architect, Adam Gerald Chayter Millar and erected by a contractor named James Beckett. The fountain is actually George Smith & Co.’s pattern number 12, although the company was no longer in business in 1911, and the pattern was undoubtedly purchased by another foundry.

The structure is located on a raised and stepped granite plinth with a central pedestal surrounded by four smaller columns. The large basin has dog tooth design on the rim and is partitioned by four foliate consoles from which cups were suspended on chains. Shell motif spouts on each side released water flow. The structure is surmounted with a ball terminal. Two demi-lune basins at ground level offer a drinking bowl for dogs. The base is 2 ft wide, basin is 2 ft 9” wide and the height of the structure is 4’ 9”.

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Glossary

  • Console, a decorative bracket support element
  • Demi-lune, half moon or crescent shape
  • Foliate, decorated with leaves or leaf like motif
  • Pedestal, an architectural support for a column or statue
  • Plinth, flat base usually projecting, upon which a pedestal, wall or column rests.
  • Terminal, statue or ornament that stands on a pedestal

 

Coronation Fountain