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Latitude: 57.0501 / 57°3'0"N
Longitude: -3.1359 / 3°8'9"W
OS Eastings: 331188
OS Northings: 796018
OS Grid: NO311960
Mapcode National: GBR WB.9VD5
Mapcode Global: WH6MD.S2X5
Plus Code: 9C9R3V27+2J
Entry Name: Commemorative Drinking Well
Listing Name: Abergeldie Estate, Commemorative Drinking Well
Listing Date: 14 November 2006
Source: Historic Scotland
Source ID: 399267
Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB50753
Building Class: Cultural
Location: Crathie and Braemar
Electoral Ward: Aboyne, Upper Deeside and Donside
Parish: Crathie And Braemar
Traditional County: Aberdeenshire
1897. Commemorative arch shaped memorial and water trough situated on roadside on Abergeldie Estate. Rough hewn granite edgins. Pink granite water bowl.
This memorial shows the importance of Queen Victoria to the local area. She and Prince Albert came to Balmoral in 1848. Abergeldie Estate was leased to the Royal Family from 1848 until the 1960's. This memorial is placed on a public road between the Estate of Birkhall and Balmoral and was in response to the move to improve sanitation and offer restpite, as led by the Metropolitan Drinking Water Association, which was founded in 1859 by social reformers such as Elizabeth Fry to provide clean water for humans, animals and also for traction engines. The well also bears witness to the Victorian delight in erecting memorials. Inscribed 'ERECTED BY THE TENANTS AND SERVANTS ON THE ESTATES OF BALMORAL, ABERGELDIE AND BIRKHALL TO COMMEMORATE THE 60th YEAR OF THE REIGN OF QUEEN VICTORIA.'