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Bailie (James) Martin Fountain

The Bailie (James) Martin Fountain stands close to the People`s Palace in Glasgow Green but originally stood outside Langside Halls

This elaborate cast-iron Moorish canopy was erected in 1893 to honour James Martin (1815-92). James Martin was a senior councillor (local bailie) represented Whitevale Ward from 1870, the Town’s Master of Works, a member of the Clyde Navigation Trust, a Justice of the Peace and a highly respected Police Judge. It was erected in 1893 and dedicated to him on 26th May 1894. It was removed from outside Langside Halls and is now located beside the old Templeton carpet factory on Glasgow Green. He is remembered for his opposition to the council`s speculative development on Woodlands Hill. This expensive building venture was undertaken to provide homes for the rich at a time when the East End`s housing was in an appalling state.  represented Whitevale Ward from 1870. A Radical in his politics, he was nicknamed “the East End Tribune”.

The fountain is decorated with the city`s coat of arms, flowers, birds, lions and various strange-looking beasts, and was made in the Possilpark area of Glasgow in the world-famous Saracen iron foundry of Walter Macfarlane.

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  1. Hamish Williamson April 5, 2024 Reply

    When was the Bailie James Martin Memorial Drinking Fountain moved from the Langside Halls to Glasgow Green

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