The Fountain

The Fountain, Dumfries
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The Fountain, Dumfries

The Fountain is a picturesque monument situated in the pedestrianised Dumfries High Street, to the southeast of the Mid Steeple. It comprises a stone basin with a large and intricate cast-iron structure above, which was manufactured by the Sun Foundry of Glasgow in 1882. The bottom basin is filled from spouts coming from the mouths of crocodiles held by four boys. This current structure replaces an earlier fountain here that was installed in 1851 to celebrate the piping of clean drinking water to the town from Lochrutton Loch, an act which greatly reduced the incidence of cholera. The fountain was B-listed in 1981.

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