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West Bow, Bowfoot Well

A Category A Listed Building in Edinburgh, Edinburgh

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Coordinates

Latitude: 55.948 / 55°56'52"N

Longitude: -3.1945 / 3°11'40"W

OS Eastings: 325500

OS Northings: 673417

OS Grid: NT255734

Mapcode National: GBR 8NH.F9

Mapcode Global: WH6SL.WRZK

Entry Name: West Bow, Bowfoot Well

Listing Date: 21 April 1969

Category: A

Source: Historic Scotland

Source ID: 365247

Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB27893

Building Class: Cultural

Location: Edinburgh

County: Edinburgh

Town: Edinburgh

Electoral Ward: City Centre

Traditional County: Midlothian

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Description

Built by Robert Mylne under supervision of Sir William Bruce, 1674, restored 1861 (see Notes). Square-plan ashlar wellhead. Panelled swept stone roof with gadrooning to base and swagged urn finial. Cast-iron door to E with inscription (see Notes); City Arms and semicircular basin (concrete filled) to S; smaller ornamental basin to W; heraldic device to N; carving by John Rhind.

Statement of Interest

Inscription on cast-iron door reads 'The West Bow Well, erected by the Town Council 1674, repaired and altered by Richardson Brothers, Merchants, West Bow 1861.' Shepherd's illustration shows the well in use, and very much in its present form.

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