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Dog's Mouth Spring, site of stone vessel

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Graham Schofield
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LEO 5452
July 2011. Image taken in Roundhay Park at the side of Dog's Mouth Spring in Great Heads Beck. A stone vessel once fitted into the central hollow (see Leodis image 2004311_57996768) Above the vessel there was a porous sandstone rock with a hole. The rock was carved with the stylised face of a dog and its mouth was represented by the hole. The spring emerged from here and a copper drinking cup secured by a chain was provided for visitors to drink the clear water that flowed into the vessel. Dog's Mouth Spring dates from the early 19th Century and was one of the many innovations made by the then owner of the estate, Thomas Nicholson. Recently, (2008) the flow of the spring through the hole in the rock has been restored by The Friends of Roundhay Park but the face of the dog is virtually eroded. Dog's Mouth Spring can be found to the left of the path leading down 'the gorge' as it nears the lake, just before the old stone bridge. Image courtesy of Graham Schofield.

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