Survey Data

Reg No




Categories of Special Interest

Artistic, Social, Technical

Original Use

Water pump

In Use As

Water pump


1880 - 1900


241669, 237904

Date Recorded


Date Updated



Freestanding cast-iron water hydrant, erected c.1890, comprising fluted shaft on molded base with lion's head above, surmounted by fluted capping with acorn finial. Inscription 'Glenfield & Kennedy Ltd, Kilmarnock' to shaft. Horizontal pull lever to side of cap. Located to the northeast of the centre of Tyrrellspass adjacent to main road.


An attractive piece of mass produced cast-iron, which remains an appealing and subtle feature in the streetscape of Tyrrellspass. This water hydrant is of particular importance as a reminder of the mechanisms installed for the provision of clean drinking water in the period before mains water supply systems. The various raised details enhance the artistic design quality of the piece, and indicate the equal importance of aesthetics as well as functionality. The manufacturers of this piece, Glenfield and Kennedy Ltd, were the major company selling cast-iron water mechanisms within the British Empire at the time. They were based in Kilmarnock, Scotland, and had workshops that spread over 26 acres (c. 1936). Their products were sold internationally, and the company maintained offices in London, as well as Calcutta and Bombay, India.