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Dog's Mouth Spring, Roundhay Park

July 2011. View of Great Heads Beck in Roundhay Park. To the right of centre is what was originally an old drinking fountain known as Dog's Mouth Spring. In the early years of the 19th Century, under the ownership of Thomas Nicholson, there were many alterations made to the natural landscape of the park. This included the canalisation of Great Heads Beck, a natural stream and the creation of picturesque bridges, stepping stones, mini rapids, pools and drinking spots such as this one. The spring gets its name from the original carving on the soft sandstone which has now virtually disappeared. The carved dog's head can, however, be clearly seen on an old black and white image on the Leodis website, ID: 2004311_57996768. The copper drinking cup suspended from a chain and the stone vessel into which the water flowed have also gone. The Friends of Roundhay Park have restored the stone to allow the spring to emerge from the dog's mouth once again. The stones used to construct the formal edges of the stream are now to be found in the stream-bed as Great Heads Beck has followed its natural course again. Image courtesy of Graham Schofield.

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