Perth, Tay Street, Waterworks

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Alternative Names Perth Waterworks; Tourist Information Centre; Marshall Place; J D Fergusson Gallery; The Rotunda; The Fergusson Gallery
Site Type ART GALLERY, WATERWORKS
Canmore ID 28358
Site Number NO12SW 194
NGR NO 12039 23128
Council PERTH AND KINROSS
Parish PERTH
Former Region TAYSIDE
Former District PERTH AND KINROSS
Former County PERTHSHIRE
Datum OSGB36 - NGR

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Archaeological Notes

NO12SW 194 12039 23128

Location formerly cited as NO 12038 23137.

Pumping Station
(Perth Water Works) [NAT]
OS (GIS) ep. 2.

Pumping Station
(Perth Corp. Water Works) [NAT]
OS (GIS) ep. 3.

The Fergusson Gallery [NAT]
OS (GIS) AIB, May 2006.

Architect: Adam Anderson 1832

External Reference:
Public Library Architectural Review April 1957 article and photographs

Situated on corner of Tay Street and Marshall Place, facing the South Inch.
Converted to Tourist Information Centre by Morris & Steadman, 1968. Involved the addition of a rectangular south wing.
Converted to J.D. Fergusson Gallery by McLaren, Murdoch and Hamilton, Perth.

(Undated) information in NMRS.

(Location cited as NO 120 232). Perth Waterworks, built 1832, architect and engineer, Adam Anderson). A circular classical building, with a domed cylindrical cast-iron tank, and a rectangular block in similar style, with a handsome stone chimney. Recently restored and converted to an information centre. The early 20th century extension, with its Douglas and Grant triple-expansion pumping engine, has been demolished.
J R Hume 1977.

This building stands on the corner of Tay Street and Marshall Place. It has been converted to a tourist information office.
Information from RCAHMS (RJCM), 29 April 1988.

1829 to 1832
 CONSTRUCTION

Notes Completed 1832. Ashlar masonry, circular base supporting 146000 gallon water tank. Tank and roof of cast-iron and bolted together. No longer in use as water tank. Intake from river and fed city by gravity.
R PAxton and J Shipway 2007

Further details

2007
 PUBLICATION ACCOUNT

Project Civil Engineering heritage: Scotland - Lowlands and Borders

Notes [Name cited as The Round House water tower]. Built from 1829–32, the tower was part of a water supply scheme for the city designed and superintended by schoolmaster–engineer Dr Adam Anderson, Rector of Perth Academy.
The Round House is built in ashlar masonry in the style of a roman temple. It comprises a circular base with walls 5 ft thick supporting a 146 000 gallon domed storage tank from which the water was distributed by gravity throughout the city. The tank and roof are made from cast-iron sections bolted together. Alongside, to the north, there was a boiler/pump house with a chimney 110 ft high adorned with classical vase-style chimney pot. The scheme also included filter beds on Moncreiffe Island and an intake suction pipe beneath the river from which the water was pumped into the distribution tank.
It is recorded that Dr Anderson once wrote in chalk on the lintel above the south door of the Round House,
‘AQUAM IGNE ET AQUA HAURIO’ (‘I draw water by fire and water’). This piece of classical wit was later inscribed in gilt lettering on a panel above the main door where it can be still be seen, but there is now no longer water in the tank.
R Paxton and J Shipway

Reproduced from 'Civil Engineering heritage: Scotland - Lowlands and Borders' with kind permission of Thomas Telford Publishers.


Further details

2007
 PROJECT

Notes This project was undertaken to input site information listed in 'Civil engineering heritage: Scotland - Lowlands and Borders' by R Paxton and J Shipway, 2007.

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Books and References

Butt, J (1967) The industrial archaeology of Scotland, The industrial archaeology of the British Isles series Newton Abbot
Page(s): 188, 296 Held at RCAHMS J.4.11.BUT

Butt, J (1967) The industrial archaeology of Scotland, The industrial archaeology of the British Isles series Newton Abbot
Page(s): 188, 296 Held at RCAHMS J.4.11.BUT.R

Cockburn, S G (1966) 'Perth water undertaking', Inst Water Engineers J, vol.20 July
Page(s): 318-24 Held at RCAHMS D.13.23.PER.P

Cosgrove, S (1999) 'My favourite building' [Perth Waterworks], Prospect Autumn 1999 (No 70)
Page(s): 64

Hay and Stell, G D and G P (1986) Monuments of industry, Edinburgh
Page(s): 103 pl. p. 105 Held at RCAHMS A.1.5.HAY

Haynes, N (2000) Perth and Kinross: an illustrated architectural guide, Edinburgh
Page(s): 14 pl. p. 14 Held at RCAHMS Quick

Hume, J R (1977a) The industrial archaeology of Scotland, 2, the Highlands and Islands London
Page(s): 278-9 Held at RCAHMS J.4.11.HUM

Minchinton, W (1984) A guide to industrial archaeology sites in Britain, London
Page(s): 179 Held at RCAHMS J.4.1.MIN

Paxton and Shipway, R and J (2007) Civil engineering heritage: Scotland - Lowlands and Borders, London
Page(s): 315-17 Held at RCAHMS J.5.41.PAX

Perth, Tay Street, Perth Waterworks (1956) 'The Waterworks, Perth' [photograph], Architect Prospect May 1956
Page(s): 30

Walker and Ritchie, B and [J N] G (1995) Fife, Perthshire and Angus, Exploring Scotland's Heritage series, ed. by Anna Ritchie Edinburgh
Page(s): 60-1 No.9 Held at RCAHMS A.1.4.HER

Walker and Ritchie, B and {J N} G (1987) Exploring Scotland's heritage: Fife and Tayside, Exploring Scotland's heritage series Edinburgh
Page(s): 36, no. 8 Held at RCAHMS A.1.4.HER

Walmesley, C (1933) 'Natural filters at Perth', Water and Water Engineering 20 April 1933
Page(s): 237-42 Held at RCAHMS D.13.23.PER.P

Walmesley, C (1935) 'The water supply of Perth', Institute of Municipal and County Engineers, Scottish Annual Meeting April 1935 Paper no. 3
Page(s): 27-42 Held at RCAHMS D.13.23.PER.P

Walmesley, C (1954b) 'A history of Perth's water supply: part II 1870-1930', Trans Proc Perthshire Soc Natur Sci, vol.10
Page(s): 59-71 Held at RCAHMS D.13.23.PEO.P

Walmesley, C (1954a) 'A history of Perth's water supply: part I 1751-1870', Trans Proc Perthshire Soc Natur Sci, vol.10
Page(s): 51-9 Held at RCAHMS D.13.23.PEO.P

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