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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.

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.

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
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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.

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”.

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

Location: March, Cambridgeshire, England

This fountain was erected in 1912 by the inhabitants of March to commemorate the coronation of his Majesty King George V on 22nd June 1911. It is located in Broad Street, and was originally flanked by horse and dog troughs.

Deemed a traffic hazard, the font was removed in the early 1970s and sold at auction. It is currently in a private garden at Wimblington. The drinking cups have been removed and plants now hang from the supports.

On 22 February 1985, it was listed a grade II English Heritage building, and in 2002 it was refurbished by Heritage Engineering.

The canopied drinking fountain is design number 20, an elaborate 18 feet by 4 feet fountain, sold by Walter Macfarlane & Co, and manufactured at the Saracen Foundry, Possilpark, Glasgow, Scotland. Seated on a triple tiered octagonal plinth, the open filigree canopy is supported by eight columns with griffin terminals which are positioned over capitals with foliage frieze above square bases.

The highly decorated cusped arches are trimmed with rope mouldings. Cartouches contained within each lunette offer shields for memorial: swan, crane, images that depict the Fens, town crest, and a dedication shield: This fountain was erected by the inhabitants of March to commemorate the coronation of His Majesty George V 22nd June  1911. On each side arch faceplates provided a flat surface for an inscription using raised metal letters; often the useful monition, Keep the pavement dry. Civic virtues such as temperance were often extolled in inscriptions on drinking fountains.

Doves and flowers offer decorative relief on the circular, ribbed dome. The internal capitals contain flowers and statues of owls on enlarged column heads. The structure is surmounted with a lantern finial.

Under the canopy stands the font (design number 18.) A circular shaft, ornamented with water lilies, rests on a wide base with canted corners. Four lion jambs support four highly decorated quatrefoil basins. Rising from the centre is a pyramid shaped stanchion decorated with swan and bird decoration. A kylix-shaped lamp terminal with four consoles offer drinking cups suspended by chains.

Glossary

  • Canted corner, an angled surface which cuts of a corner
  • Capital, the top of a column that supports the load bearing down on it
  • Cartouche, a structure or figure, often in the shape of an oval shield or oblong scroll, used as an architectural or graphic ornament or to bear a design or inscription
  • Console, a decorative bracket support element
  • Cusped Arch, the point of intersection of lobed or scalloped form
  • Filigree, fine ornamental work
  • Finial, a sculptured ornament fixed to the top of a peak, arch, gable or similar structure
  • Frieze, the horizontal part of a classical moulding just below the cornice, often decorated with carvings
  • Griffin, winged lion denotes vigilance and strength, guards treasure and priceless possessions
  • Jamb, a projecting vertical post containing sculpture
  • Kylix, a Grecian style drinking cup
  • Lunette, the half-moon shaped space framed by an arch, often containing a window or painting
  • 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, upright bar or post providing support
  • Terminal, statue or ornament that stands on a pedestal