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New Lease of Life for 138 year old Sugar Tycoon Fountain

Above: The Lyle Fountain 

An historic drinking fountain gifted by one half of the world famous Tate & Lyle partnership is set to be brought back to life.

Inverclyde Council has unveiled proposals to restore the Lyle Fountain in Greenock as part of its £1.9million regeneration plan for the town centre.

Chair of Greenock Regeneration Forum and Depute Leader of Inverclyde Council Councillor Jim Clocherty said: “The fountain was gifted to Greenock in 1880 and has become a local landmark admired by residents and visitors alike.

“Regeneration is not just about building the new but ensuring we preserve, protect and renew the old.

“The fountain is a perfect example of Inverclyde’s proud civic heritage and something that deserves to be given a new lease of life.”

The fountain in Cathcart Square was gifted by Abram Lyle - founder of the Lyle sugar refinery which would later merge with Henry Tate’s refinery to form Tate & Lyle.

A pious man and a strict teetotaller he served as Provost from 1876 to 1879 before moving to London to set up a refinery producing golden syrup.

The circular fountain is capped with an ornamental dome featuring the crests of 18 prominent families of Greenock including Ardgowan, Watt and Morton.

Councillor Clocherty added: “We have found that water and electricity supplies to the fountain were disconnected some time ago but we are confident they can be restored.

“Our history and heritage are hugely important community assets and we will do all that we can to preserve and protect them for future generations.”

Original Article: Inverclyde Council