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Motherwell, Windmillhill Street, Drinking Fountain

A Category C Listed Building in Motherwell South East and Ravenscraig, North Lanarkshire

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Coordinates

Latitude: 55.7862 / 55°47'10"N

Longitude: -3.9848 / 3°59'5"W

OS Eastings: 275634

OS Northings: 656546

OS Grid: NS756565

Mapcode National: GBR 01MJ.3N

Mapcode Global: WH4QQ.RTPM

Entry Name: Motherwell, Windmillhill Street, Drinking Fountain

Listing Date: 10 December 2001

Category: C

Source: Historic Scotland

Source ID: 395711

Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB48316

Building Class: Cultural

Location: Motherwell and Wishaw

County: North Lanarkshire

Electoral Ward: Motherwell South East and Ravenscraig

Traditional County: Lanarkshire

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Description

Late 19th century. 2-stage; domed canopy over raised basin, symmetrical drinking fountain with model stork centrepiece. Painted cast-iron. Square-plan canopy; columns to corners, stiffleaf capitals; semicircular arches to 2nd stage, Lombard frieze to reveal, pierced scrollwork to spandrels, rope moulded central shield motifs, narrow cornice consoled at corners; pierced scrollwork dome, griffins to corners, elaborate crown finial. Splayed basin on composite column pedestal, 2-stage foliate centrepiece terminating in model stork. Height approximately 1.5 metres.

Statement of Interest

An inscription to NE reads; 'keep the pavement dry.' A good example of civic Victoriana, the drinking fountain is composed of mass-produced cast-iron component panels bolted together, the whole being assembled on site like modern flat-pack furniture. Almost indentical to those at 35 Eskbank, Road, Dalkeith, or George Street, Stranraer for example, all probably the work of W MacFarlane and Co, a company which specialised in such municipal street furniture. The drinking fountain has only been in its present location for a relatively short period (2001), having been moved from its original location.

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