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Jubilee Drinking Fountain, Albert Road, Gourock

A Category C Listed Building in Gourock, Inverclyde

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Latitude: 55.9562 / 55°57'22"N

Longitude: -4.8295 / 4°49'46"W

OS Eastings: 223452

OS Northings: 677296

OS Grid: NS234772

Mapcode National: GBR 09.XM23

Mapcode Global: WH2M8.SKF9

Plus Code: 9C7QX54C+F6

Entry Name: Jubilee Drinking Fountain, Albert Road, Gourock

Listing Name: Albert Road, Jubilee Drinking Fountain

Listing Date: 29 March 1994

Category: C

Source: Historic Scotland

Source ID: 378161

Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB33975

Building Class: Cultural

Location: Gourock

County: Inverclyde

Town: Gourock

Electoral Ward: Inverclyde West

Traditional County: Renfrewshire

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Walter Macfarlane & Co, 1897. Cast-iron drinking fountain (now redundant) erected for Queen Victoria's Silver Jubilee. 4 slender columns on granite slab supporting round-arched dome with foliate open-work; 2 winged dragons to corner facing road; 2 vignettes of Victoria inscribed Jubilee 1897, 2 cartouches with stork motif. Water pipe to centre inscribed with J & R Howie Ltd, Hurlford, Ayrshire and trademark 'puro'.

Statement of Interest

This is a good, surviving example of a commemorative, decorative iron drinking fountain, made by the renowned Saracen Foundry in Glasgow. It adds significantly to the promenade along Albert Road.

The design is depicted in the 1880s catalogue of Macfarlane castings with a decorative finial and photo in around 1915 shows that this fountain canopy had a finial. This now no longer exists.

The Ordnance Survey Map of 1915-9 shows the Fountain situated further east along Albert Road. By the 1938 Map, it is depicted in its current position.

The Walter Macfarlane & Co Saracen foundry (fl 1850-1965) was perhaps the most important foundry in Scotland for producing decorative ironwork. Based in Glasgow, the company made a wide rage of iron goods, including architectural brattishing, railings, lamps, drinking fountains and band stands. They exported to many countries within the British Empire. Many items from the foundry were destroyed during the Second World War when iron was recovered for the war effort. The company eventually closed in 1967.

J & R Howie Ltd was a fire clay factory, based in Hurlford near Kilmarnock in Ayrshire, whose work included fire clay draining materials.

List description updated, 2012.

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