Fountain at Castlehill

On the wall of the former reservoir,
facing Edinburgh Castle Esplanade

2013

 

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Fountain at Castlehill

Fountain on the west wall of the old reservoir at the top of Castlehill.  The fountain faces onto the Castle Esplanade

 peter.stubbs@edinphoto.org.uk                   Photograph taken on January 26, 2013

 

Fountain at Castlehill

The Plaque

The inscription above the well in this photo reads:

THIS FOUNTAIN DESIGNED BY JOHN DUNCAN RSA IS NEAR THE SITE ON WHICH MANY WITCHES WERE BURNED AT THE STAKE.  THE WICKED HEAD AND  SERENE HEAD SIGNIFY THAT SOME USED THEIR EXCEPTIONAL KNOWLEDGE FOR EVIL PURPOSES WHILE OTHERS WERE MISUNDERSTOOD AND WISHED THEIR KIND NOTHING BUT GOOD.  THE SERPENT HAS THE DUAL SIGNIFICANCE OF EVIL AND OF WISDOM.  THE FOXGLOVE SPRAY FURTHER EMPHASISES THE DUAL PURPOSE OF MANY COMMON OBJECTS.

 

The Old Reservoir at Caltonhill

The fountain and plaque are at the top of Castlehill.  They face onto Edinburgh Castle Esplanade.  They are mounted on the west wall of what was once a covered reservoir.  The building that once housed the reservoir has now been converted to become a centre for the Old Town Weaving Company.

Old Town Weaving Company

 

 Copyright: peter.stubbs@edinphoto.org.uk         Photograph taken on January 26, 2013

 

 

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Fountain on the west wall of the old reservoir at the top of Castlehill.  The fountain faces onto the Castle Esplanade

 

 

Edinburgh Castle

Castlehill Inside Edinburgh Castle

 

 

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