NU1813 : St Michael's Pant on south side of Market Street

taken 4 years ago, near to Alnwick, Northumberland, Great Britain

St Michael's Pant on south side of Market Street
St Michael's Pant on south side of Market Street
St Michael's Pant dates from 1759 which makes it the second oldest surviving pant in Alnwick. It was built by Matthew Mills, at a cost of about 60, from a design by Mr. Bell, architect, for which he was paid 1 16s.
St Michael and Dragon (the symbol of the Town) stand on top of a traceried octagonal drum, he carries shield with a cross patonce.
A worn gargoyle spouts into large square trough.
For detail of St Michael and the dragon see: LinkExternal link
The Pants of Alnwick
Alnwick's water was originally supplied by streams and a couple of wells. A number of roads in the town follow the course of the original streams (Clayport, Hotspur Street, Wagonway Road, Canongate, Greenwell Lane and Bow Alley). The streams were not completely covered over until 1827. As they were, the water was routed through public water fountains called pants.
Alnwick flourished in the middle of the 18th century. The town became an important staging point on the Great North Road, and on the turnpike road between Hexham and Alnmouth. More pants were constructed during this period, to serve an increasingly prosperous population (Tower Well Pant:1752, Green Batt Pant:1753, clayport Pant: 1755, St Michael's Pant: 1759, Church Pant, 1778)
By the middle of the 19th century the pants were unable to provide sufficient clean water for a rapidly growing population. After a serious outbreak of Cholera in 1849 piped water was introduced. By the end of the 1850's this was to supply most of the town's needs. In the last 150 years some of the old pants have been replaced, some removed, and some destroyed by vehicles, but most are still maintained. They can still be appreciated as important features of the townscape.

Thanks to Alnwick Civic Society for permission to use information from their website:
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Date Taken
Monday, 30 September, 2013   (more nearby)
Submitted
Wednesday, 2 October, 2013
Geographical Context
Lowlands  Historic sites and artefacts  City, Town centre  Water resources 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NU 1859 1324 [10m precision]
WGS84: 55:24.7641N 1:42.4756W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NU 18602 13276
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South-southwest (about 202 degrees)
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