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MAIN STREET, WHITELAW MEMORIAL FOUNTAINLB50508

Status: Designated

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Summary

Category
C
Date Added
29/06/2006
Local Authority
North Lanarkshire
Planning Authority
North Lanarkshire
Burgh
Coatbridge
NGR
NS 73126 65101
Coordinates
273126, 665101

Description

Hugh H MacLure, 1875. Ornately carved Free Renaissance tall square-plan pink and grey granite water fountain with domed and corniced belvedere on tall channelled pedestal prominently sited at the head of Main Street. Squared corner indented corniced pedestal on chamfered plinth with banded plain rustication, diamond-pointed rusticated quoins and circles to top course. Semi-circular pink granite basins with carved lion-head spouts and plaques to each side. 4 square Corinthean columns supporting pendentive arched canopy with modillion keystones and heavy dentilled cornice to octagonal based, carved, scalloped dome above. Fluted urns to chamfered angles with corresponding urn to apex.

Statement of Special Interest

The Whitelaw Fountain is a good example of a later 19th century ornate, classically detailed drinking fountain with finely carved stone detailing. Hugh Haugh MacLure (d. 1892) was an architect and civil engineer working from Sauchiehall Street in Glasgow who predominantly worked on Railways and road bridges and also wrote 'The Sewage of Glasgow and Neighbourhood'.

The fountain is dedicated to Alexander Whitelaw, industrialist and partner in the local firm of Gartsherrie Iron, who in 1872 organised the relocation of the railway line away from the main street to create a civic space. The original location of the fountain was in front of the Royal Hotel at the point of the removed railway approximately 100 yards to the W of where it stands today; it was apparently moved due to incidents with increasing traffic. The date of the move is unknown although it had been relocated to its current position by the OS map dated 1933.

Inscriptions to the granite panels read: 'This fountain stands on the site of the level crossing of the Monkland and Kirkintilloch railway which was removed 1872' and 'Created by subscription in honour of Alexander Whitelaw Esq (MP?) In recognition of the many valuable services rendered by him in the community. Inaugurated 10th August 1875' When fully working the fountain had metal drinking cups attached to each basin (now infilled) on a chain with constantly flowing drinking water for the public.

References

Bibliography

2nd edition ORDNANCE SURVEY map (1892). 2nd revision ORDNANCE SURVEY map (1933). Alan Peden, The Monklands- an Illustrated Architectural Guide, (p42). Oliver van Helden, Old Coatbridge, 2000 (p28). http://www.codexgeo.co.uk/dsa/ (Dictionary of Scottish Architects).

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