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Memorial Drinking Fountain
Cradock, Eastern Cape

Date:1902
Type:Memorial
Status:Extant

 


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Coordinates:
32°10'06.89" S 25°37'07.87" E Alt: 892m

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The fountain consists of a large circular cast iron horse trough (cast in four separate quadrants) on four heavy supports, each cast in the shape of a horse's back leg, complete with massive hoof. Each leg transforms into a decorative classical motif at the interface with the trough and each was twice rivetted to the trough at the meeting faces of each quadrant. The circular trough has an appropriately detailed broad rounded leading edge. The original waterspout, discharging water into the trough, has unfortunately been removed. A shallow cast iron pan with four semi-circular projections forms a drinking trough for dogs and other small animals at ground level.

The drinking trough is penetrated through the centre by the substantial octagonal cast iron base of a decorative vertical light pole. The pole is formed by four minor columns with elegantly flared column bases co-joined to form a columned base to a short fluted column. Four cantilevered decorative cast iron brackets project from the base of the fluted column. The fluted column is surmounted by a decorative capital and by a modern electric light fitting with expanded mesh cage (which probably replaced an original glass globe fitting).

A dedication is recorded in raised letters on a curved cast iron badge mounted on the lower portion of the fluted column of the cast iron light pole and this is transcribed below:

ERECTED
BY THE
CRADOCK TOWN COUNCIL
IN COMMEMORATION
OF THE CORONATION OF
H. M. KING EDWARD VII

26TH JUNE 1902

The multi-use cast iron drinking fountain, horse trough and light was cast by Walter Macfarlane & Company at their Saracen Foundry in Glasgow. The fountain is set within a raised octagonal traffic island demarcated by kerbs, short poles and connecting chains. The drinking fountain forms an attractive item of historic urban street furniture in Cradock at the intersection.

See similar Memorial Drinking Fountain in Dordrecht.

William MARTINSON, August 2016

These notes were last edited on 2019 11 07