Back of the Pipe in Cashel

On a short visit to the town of Cashel, County Tipperary recently which is home to the Rock of Cashel, I came across this ornamental water fountain. According to the Heritage plaque, it is known as the ‘Back of the Pipe’ and was erected by the Commissioners for Cashel in 1842 to supply water to the town. The water was originally dispensed from the lion head gargoyles into individual troughs. It has a half-octagonal stone design and is built onto the gable of a building. In 1986 it was converted into a water fountain. You can imagine the residents of the town in the 1840s, living nearby in thatched dwellings, coming out with their buckets to fetch water here.

Back of the Pipes Water Fountain TipperaryHalf Octogonal Back of the Pipes Water Fountain Tipperary

Lion head gargoyle Back of the Pipes Water Fountain Tipperary
Six Lionhead gargoyles discharge water into the stone troughs
Back of the Pipes Cashel Tipperary Water supply.jpg
Stone half-octagonal design

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