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Water Pump And Plaque, The Brae, North Queensferry

A Category C Listed Building in Inverkeithing, Fife

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Latitude: 56.0099 / 56°0'35"N

Longitude: -3.3945 / 3°23'40"W

OS Eastings: 313148

OS Northings: 680543

OS Grid: NT131805

Mapcode National: GBR 20.TCCX

Mapcode Global: WH6S9.T6RK

Plus Code: 9C8R2J54+X5

Entry Name: Water Pump And Plaque, The Brae, North Queensferry

Listing Name: North Queensferry, the Brae, Pump and Plaque

Listing Date: 27 March 2003

Category: C

Source: Historic Scotland

Source ID: 396754

Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB49180

Building Class: Cultural

Location: Inverkeithing

County: Fife

Electoral Ward: Inverkeithing and Dalgety Bay

Parish: Inverkeithing

Traditional County: Fife

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Glenfield and Kennedy, circa 1883. Fluted cylindrical late-19th century cast-iron pump; decorative bucket-rest; lion-head spout; ball tap to right; bud finial. Circa 1822, cast-iron plaque set in stone casing directly to rear of pump, depicting legend of Europa and Bull and struggle between foreign sailor and local woman above.

Statement of Interest

B-group with Waterloo Well to which this pump and plaque are closely related (see separate listing). The pump is typical of those introduced to the village for supplying Glensherup water from the Ochils, pumped-in from circa 1883. The plaque and stone casing covering an earlier well were probably erected after July 1822 when, according to records of the local Sailor's Society, there was the need to "raise the walls and put a lock on the well." The plaque most likely masks a viewing orifice and appears to have been subject to a locking device (Cubin). According to Stephen, the figures of the foreign sailor and the local woman refer to the days, when in times of drought, the women of the village tried to drive off the crews of vessels in the Firth of Forth who sought to replenish their water stores from an already scanty local supply.

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