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Alexandria, Smollett Fountain with Lamp Standards

A Category B Listed Building in Bonhill, West Dunbartonshire

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Coordinates

Latitude: 55.9878 / 55°59'16"N

Longitude: -4.5821 / 4°34'55"W

OS Eastings: 239022

OS Northings: 680213

OS Grid: NS390802

Mapcode National: GBR 0L.VNLK

Mapcode Global: WH3NB.LR8J

Entry Name: Alexandria, Smollett Fountain with Lamp Standards

Listing Date: 22 July 1974

Category: B

Source: Historic Scotland

Source ID: 331614

Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB1134

Building Class: Cultural

Location: Bonhill

County: West Dunbartonshire

Electoral Ward: Leven

Traditional County: Dunbartonshire

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Description

Anderson & McLeod, 1870; renovated and cleaned 1995. Ruskinian Gothic fountain in mercat cross form. 3 tiers; blocky quatrefoil-plan base, pedestal base; squat grey granite corner columns, sandstone floreate capitals; supporting richly-carved sandstone parapet; grotesque waterspouts; SA monogram; sandstone fountain on each side; inscribed panel; inscription "erected in honour of Alexander Smollett of Bonhill by his feuers and tenants and other friends in the county to prepetuate his name as a kind and just landlord and in appreciation of valuable services rendered to the county both in the local courts and as its representative in parliament AD 1870". Founatain rises in 2 stages; clustered banded pink granite shaft supporting sandstone parapet, griffin guttae; faceted column supporting cap; lead pelican finial.

RAILINGS: modern cast-iron railings arrowhead railings surrounding fountain.

LAMPS: concrete base; cast-iron lamp standard; modern high-Victorian style lanterns.

Statement of Interest

The fountain was built to commemorate the philanthropy of Alexander Smollett, landlord and local MP.

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