A walk down memory lane: the Tillicoultry Baking Company fountain

ON SATURDAY, May 22, 1897, the Tillicoultry Baking Company fountain was unveiled to mark its 50th anniversary.

At the time of its inauguration, it stood at the bottom of Hamilton Street.

The gray granite fountain was designed by architect Alloa John S Leishman and its construction was carried out by Charles McDonald of Aberdeen, renowned for his granite. Other associated works have been undertaken by local contractors.

The premises of the bakery business in Union Street and High Street were decorated with flags and bunting, as were the buildings of the local co-operative. At the Fellowship Rooms in Stirling Street, Provost Archibald Walker, Bailiffs Scott and Chalmers and the Commissioners of Tillicoultry along with members of the local Baking Company, Co-op and Friendly Societies, all met.

A procession formed, including a marching band at the head, members of the committee, shepherds and members of the masons. It meandered through the streets of the city, passing through Frederick Street, Mill Street, High Street, Ochil Street, Walker Terrace, Hill Street and finally Hamilton Street.

A large crowd of spectators gathered to witness its unveiling.

Once everyone had calmed down, Alexander Martin, President of the Scottish Wholesale Society, opened the proceedings. He started by saying how lucky they were that the weather was so good.

He also talked about the delay. It took time to get permission to install the fountain and for the design process, so it was about six months late.

To his knowledge, only one of the founding members, James Brown of Union Street, was still alive, and the honor fell to him to reveal it. This was done while the band was playing Auld Lang Syne.

Mr Brown’s son addressed the assembled dignitaries and the crowd, thanking the Baking Society for asking his father to do the honours. He said his father considered himself “very honored to have been asked to perform the function of unveiling this beautiful Jubilee Fountain”.

Shortly after, the band started up again and the crowd followed him as he made his way to the public park. Meanwhile, the Burgh Commissioners and honored guests proceeded to the People’s Institute, or Town Hall, at the top of Ochil Street, where a reception was held.

Many speeches were delivered before the end of the meeting.

The fountain remained at the foot of Hamilton Street for decades before being moved to the bottom of Stirling Street where it stands today.

It’s no longer a working fountain, however.