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Newport-On-Tay, Tay Street, Drinking Fountain

A Category B Listed Building in Newport-On-Tay, Fife

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Coordinates

Latitude: 56.4417 / 56°26'30"N

Longitude: -2.9409 / 2°56'27"W

OS Eastings: 342088

OS Northings: 728120

OS Grid: NO420281

Mapcode National: GBR VL.B4TR

Mapcode Global: WH7RJ.SCS2

Entry Name: Newport-On-Tay, Tay Street, Drinking Fountain

Listing Date: 27 November 2002

Category: B

Source: Historic Scotland

Source ID: 396534

Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB49028

Building Class: Cultural

Location: Newport-On-Tay

County: Fife

Town: Newport-On-Tay

Unitary Authority Ward: Tay Bridgehead

Traditional County: Fife

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Description

Walter Macfarlane & Co, dated 1882. Substantial canopied cast-iron drinking fountain, Moorish design, prominently sited. 2 8-sided concrete stone steps to dais and concrete covered plinth. 8 columns on chamfered bases with foliate detailing to base, capital and interior supporting 8 arches with scallop edging. Plaques in roundels above all arches decorated with herons and stags and inscribed 'KEEP THE PAVEMENT DRY'. Plaque to E inscribed 'THE GIFT OF MRS BLYTH MARTIN 1882'. Stylised creatures between plaques; ribbed domed roof. Traceried metal with floral designs. Fountain painted cream colour; plaques and capitals painted red, creatures and roof ribs painted gold, column bases painted brown and floral detail inside above capitals painted green and red. Redundant replacement water pipe in centre with drain set into concrete. Fountain built upon stone base with plain 7-sided cast-iron railings with arrowhead motif. No railings to E but low stone entrance piers on shouldered bases; chamfered arrises with flower detail to street front (E) and inner face; flanking railings join identical terminating stone piers.

Statement of Interest

A fine example of a Victorian drinking fountain, which celebrates the versatility of cast-iron to decorative effect. It is unusual in its substantial form and landscaped context. The Macfarlane & Co Saracen Foundry in Glasgow produced a number of drinking fountains, of which this is an example. Similar to Nos 20 and 21 in their catalogue, this fountain would also have had a finial and anornate drinking trough (now missing). In the catalogue, Macfarlane says: 'A supply of drinking water to the outdoor population, and also to the lower animals is now an acknowledged necessity of the changed circumstances of the times and the growing intelligence of the community, encouraging habits of temperance and humanity, and promoting the moral and physical improvement of the people.' Philanthropy coupled with the movement for improving social conditions; here Mrs Blyth Martin donated the fountain to the people of Newport. The Blyths were a Dundee family; Mrs Blyth Martin also gifted Blyth Hall on nearby Blyth Street to the community, in memory of her brothers. The stone wall which continues from the piers and which fronts Tay Street is not part of the Statutory List.

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