Makeover for water fountain

Thursday, 6 April 2017

A RARE Coleraine water fountain is to be restored to its former glory, a local councillor has revealed.
DUP Councillor Trevor Clarke has told his Facebook followers that the unique feature on Lower Captain Street, in the town's Waterside area, is set to get a makeover.
Designed and built between 1860 and 1879 by engineering firm Glenfield Co Limited Kilmarnock, the fountain is a rare surviving example of its kind within Northern Ireland.
Last year civic planners unanimously agreed that the iconic feature should have listed status. The Historic Buildings Unit of the DOE had recommended that the monument be listed due to its "special architectural and historic interest."
Experts said the fountain had historical interest as it predated mains water installation. It is thought that a bore hole drew spring water from 80ft below.
They added that the historic landmark was "significant also from a social perspective as a supply of fresh water to local residents, many of whom would not have this facility within their own homes; as such it became an informal gathering point."


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