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Esplanade, Steven Memorial Fountain

A Category B Listed Building in Ayr, South Ayrshire

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Coordinates

Latitude: 55.4614 / 55°27'40"N

Longitude: -4.6411 / 4°38'27"W

OS Eastings: 233111

OS Northings: 621785

OS Grid: NS331217

Mapcode National: GBR 39.XVCK

Mapcode Global: WH2PP.PZ5M

Entry Name: Esplanade, Steven Memorial Fountain

Listing Date: 10 January 1980

Category: B

Source: Historic Scotland

Source ID: 356946

Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB21574

Building Class: Cultural

Location: Ayr

County: South Ayrshire

Town: Ayr

Electoral Ward: Ayr West

Traditional County: Ayrshire

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Description

Steven Brothers, dated 1892. Painted cast-iron 4-stage fountain. Circular lipped base. Square-plan pedestal; disengaged angle shafts; nautical decorative detailing; Burgh Arms plaque depicted to all faces; large naturalistically moulded basin; dolphins and putti support smaller basin above; baluster support to upper basin surmounted by otter on ball finial with fish in mouth.

Statement of Interest

In 1840 a gravitational feed water supply was laid into the town from the Milton Springs on Carrick Hill. New reservoirs were opened by 1870, but the supply could not cope with the demand. Water supply was taken into burgh care in 1873, and in 1887 Loch Finlas in Straiton parish was dammed to provide a water supply. A number of fountains were subsequently presented to the town, including the Steven Fountain and the Burns Statue Square fountain. The Steven Fountain was presented to the town by James Steven, iron founder in Glasgow who resided for a time at Skeldon House near Dalrymple. The fountain was renovated by Kyle and Carrick District Council in the 1980's to mark the naming of Ayr's twin town, St Germain-en-Laye.

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