Reclaim the Strathbungo Fountain

Yes, there was a Strathbungo Fountain. I’m sure it was Victorian, as made of metal and was substantially built. I don’t know the dimensions but would estimate (from memory) that it was approx. 10-12 ft high on a circular base of slightly larger dimensions.

It was situated on a roundabout opposite the old red telephone box nr. Sammy Dows and The New Anand Restaurant. I am sure it was still there about 20 years ago when I lived in Pollokshields. Did anyone see it being dismantled? Where did it finally end up? I have searched and searched (google uk) and cant find anything relating to it. I’m sure there must be someone, perhaps a Glasgow Council dept., who could throw some light on this. Again, a photo of it from someone would be an ideal start.

Douglas

Update:

I have summarised all that has come to light and moved it to the Bygone Bungo website. You can read more about the fountain there.

Andrew Downie

Nithsdale Road 1951 Roundabout

4 Comments

  1. Never knew about the Fountain it would be nice to see it in working order

  2. It was a drinking fountain with basins and taps situated on an island at junction of Nithsdale Street / Drive. It was made of cast iron and was demolished to make way for the road improvements

  3. Very interesting post. I have put together what I know, along with a little speculation as to what model of fountain it was, in a thread on Twitter which can be viewed on the link below

    https://twitter.com/OssianLore/status/1041810461501661184

    I first noticed the circle of kerb sat the centre if the roundabout a few years back when I was mapping the area for Google Maps. As a result I found the fountain marked on the old OS surveys like you have illustrated and was able to locate it on an aerial image from the late 1950s/early 1960s.

    There have already been a few helpful responses to the thread, one from John Nicolson who saw the fountain being removed in the early 1970s, a couple confirming the form of a drinking fountain with a tall lamp standard above and that it was painted (Corpy) green, also a couple of images found by @PastGlasgow dating to 1974 that confirm it had been removed by then.

    Hopefully an answer will find you!

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