-Aitken Memorial Fountain

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1884, Cruikshanks & Co.

The Aitken Memorial Fountain stands at Govan Cross in the centre of Govan. It is a well-decorated cast-iron fountain topped by an elaborate canopy. This was, as a plaque on it explains, erected by the inhabitants of Govan in affectionate remembrance of John Aitken M.D., who was the burgh`s first Medical Officer of Health. There are other plaques above the arches and they feature emblems such as the burgh`s coat of arms, and a badge connected with the Ancient Order of Oddfellows. Fish-like creatures form part of the canopy`s internal decoration.

This article is based on the guidebook "The Glasgow Guide".

Glasgow`s nineteenth-century foundries often produced elaborate canopied fountains such as this.

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