Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Kandy Old Fountain

Kandy Old Fountain
Kandy Old Fountain is a water spout found in the city of Kandy, Sri Lanka. It has been built by the Coffee Planters of Ceylon to commemorate the visit of Prince of Wales, Edward VII (1841-1910) to Sri Lanka in 1873.

History
Shortly after the British occupation of Sri Lanka (British Ceylon 1815-1948), coffee became the main plantation in the country (Abeywardana, 2004). At the time Sri Lanka was the largest coffee producer in the world. When the Prince of Wales announced his plan to visit Sri Lanka, the coffee planters of the country erected this fountain to commemorate this event. 

The plaque fixed onto the fountain can be read as follows,
"Erected by the Coffee Planters of Ceylon in commemoration of the visit of H.R.H. the Prince of Wales to Kandy, December 1875."
Built-in a form of a coffee flower, the fountain is said to have been manufactured in a factory in Glasgow, a port city on the River Clyde in Scotland's western Lowlands. The imported parts were assembled in Kandy and activated for the first time during the visit of the prince.

A similar fountain in Dumfries, Scotland
There is an identical twin fountain in the town of Dumfries in Scotland. It is said that there was a landmark at this place which unveiled in 1851 to commemorate the piping of clean water from nearby Lochfoot into the town following cholera epidemics in the 1830s and 1840s. However, it was replaced in 1882 with the present fountain.

The plaque fixed onto that fountain can be read as follows,
"Erected December 1882 on the site of the original fountain. The introduction of water from Lochfoot into Dumfries and Maxwelltown 21st October 1851"
A protected monument
The old fountain located at the junction of Temple Street and Deva Veediya in Kandy town in the Gangawata Koralaya Divisional Secretary’s Division is an archaeological protected monument, declared by a government Gazette notification published on 8 July 2005.

Attribution
1) Kandy old fountain by Cossde is licensed under CC BY SA 3.0

References
1) Abeywardana, H.A.P., 2004. Heritage of Kandurata: Major natural, cultural and historic sites. Colombo: The Central Bank of Sri Lanka. pp.48-49.
2) The Gazette of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka. No: 1401. 8 July 2005.

Location Map
This page was last updated on 2 June 2021
For a complete tourist map follow this link: Lankapradeepa Tourist Map

2 comments:

  1. There is an identical fountain in my hometown of Dumfries in Scotland, they must have come from the same factory.

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    1. Yes indeed. The Kandy fountain is said to have been brought from a factory Glasgow, a port city on the River Clyde in Scotland's western Lowlands.

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