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- Category: B
- Date Added: 14/12/1970
- Local Authority: Edinburgh
- Planning Authority: Edinburgh
- Burgh: Edinburgh
National Grid Reference
- NGR: NT 24115 69372
- Coordinates: 324115, 669372
7 square or retangular dressed stone buildings over original (1676) springs set along separate named pipe lines feeding into Comiston Springs Waterhouse (see separate listing). Structures over springs of varying dates due to maintenance and repair, the earliest probably dating to the late 17th century.
Peewit Spring Head 1 (NT 23792,69038)
Peewit Spring Head 2 (NT 23766,68973)
Sandglass Spring Head (NT 23949,69191)
Hare Spring Head (NT 24114,69372)
Moubray (or Hare) Spring Head (NT 24113,69235)
Fox Spring Head 2 (NT 24178,69127)
Fox Spring Head 3 (NT 24207, 69088)
Statement of Special Interest
These structures relate to Edinburgh's first piped water supply (defunct since 1945). The engineer was Peter Brauss of Holland, contracted by Sir William Bruce. Robert Mylne, King's Mater Mason, was contracted by Bruce to build spring heads, wells and cisterns.
MacRae Her. 44
2nd Edition Ordnance Survey map (1885).
R. Emerson, 'Well, Well, Well: The decoration of the seventeeth century fountainhead at Comiston, Edinburgh', in Architectural Heritage, 2002, pp. 36-46.
Research information courtesy of Fairmilehead Association (2007).
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