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Kay Park, Edward Vii Drinking Fountain

A Category B Listed Building in Kilmarnock, East Ayrshire

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Coordinates

Latitude: 55.6129 / 55°36'46"N

Longitude: -4.4892 / 4°29'21"W

OS Eastings: 243317

OS Northings: 638286

OS Grid: NS433382

Mapcode National: GBR 3H.MDKS

Mapcode Global: WH3QB.05KY

Entry Name: Kay Park, Edward Vii Drinking Fountain

Listing Date: 1 August 2002

Category: B

Source: Historic Scotland

Source ID: 396211

Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB48741

Building Class: Cultural

Location: Kilmarnock

County: East Ayrshire

Electoral Ward: Kilmarnock East and Hurlford

Traditional County: Ayrshire

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Description

McDowall Steven & Co Ltd, 1902. 4-sided drinking fountain with eagle surmounting, on stepped base with ornate guard rail. Painted cast-iron with guilded eagle and crown.

E (PRINCIPAL) ELEVATION: stepped architraved plinth with deep projecting water bowl; ornamental central tap, swept base column with floreate relief, Lion's head panel and floreate angles. Round column with scrolled angle pilasters, arched panel dated 1902, relief E crown R above oculus with bust of King Edward, swag and tails below. Scrolled feet supporting ball finial, eagle carrying rear of crown resting on shamrock surmounting.

S ELEVATION: makers name plaque on stepped architraved plinth with deep projecting water bowl; ornamental tap, swept base column with floreate relief, Lion's head panel and floreate angles. Round column with scrolled angle pilasters, arched panel with relief inscribed "Presented to his native town by ex Baillie James Craig of Hillhead and Dean in Commemoration of the Coronation of King Edward and Queen Alexandra 1902". Scrolled feet supporting ball finial, side of eagle carrying crown resting on rose surmounting.

W (REAR) ELEVATION: stepped architraved plinth with deep projecting water bowl; ornamental central tap, swept base column with floreate relief, Lion's head panel and floreate angles. Round column with scrolled angle pilasters, arched panel dated 1902, relief A crown R above oculus with bust of Queen Alexandra, swag and tails below. Scrolled feet supporting ball finial, eagle carrying rear of crown resting on shamrock surmounting.

N ELEVATION: stepped architraved plinth with deep projecting water bowl; ornamental tap, swept base column with floreate relief, Lion's head panel and floreate angles. Round column with scrolled angle pilasters, arched panel with relief inscribed "Presented to his native town by ex Baillie James Craig of Hillhead and Dean in Commemoration of the Coronation of King Edward and Queen Alexandra 1902". Scrolled feet supporting ball finial, side of eagle carrying crown resting on daffodil surmounting.

BASE AND RAILS: round stone base sitting on rough geometric base; later flights of concrete steps to S, E & N. 4 sets of cast-iron railings, comprising 2 rails held by ball joints and finials.

Statement of Interest

B-Group with Reformers' Monument and Burns' Monument. Kay Park as opened in 1879 after Alexander Kay, an insurance broker, donated money to the town. The park was created from land known as Clerk's Holm. There is a large pond, the Burns' Monument and the Reformers' Monument, both by Robert S. Ingram. The lower portion of the park used to contain an ornamental fountain and a bandstand, neither of which survive. It was given to the town by ex-Baillie James Craig to commemorate the coronation of Edward VII in 1902 and made by the firm McDowall, Stevens & Co, Glasgow and London.

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