Castlegate Well

(Mannie Well)

The Mannie Well, Aberdeen
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The Mannie Well, Aberdeen

Located in Aberdeen's Castlegate, the Castlegate Well (or locally, the Mannie Well) is a disused well-head which dates from 1708, when a water supply was conveyed through lead pipes into the city centre. The square sandstone base is topped with a thin statue of a half-clothed man (the Mannie) and was originally erected by a William Lindsay, who was a goldsmith in the city and water overseer. This is the only example of leaden sculpture in the city. The well-head has been relocated on three occasions. First, in 1755, it was moved to the eastern end of the Castlegate. In 1840 it was dismantled and re-built on The Green in the 1850s, where it stood until it was dismantled once again in 1958. In 1972, it was re-erected in its present location.

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