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By Gary Nisbet
Thomas Edington & Sons
(fl. 1804-1903)
One of Glasgow's oldest iron foundries producing ornamental castings, also known as the Phoenix Foundry.

The firm was established by Thomas Edington at 52 Queen Street, and later moved to 38 and 50 Garscube Road, 1847-90, and then to 20 St. Vincent Lane.

They cast the ornamental gates to the Jew's Burying Ground, Necropolis (1832, lost), from a design by John Park of Anderston, and the gates to the Necropolis itself (1838) from a design by David Hamilton .

The foundry also produced ordnance for the British army, some of which was used in the Crimean war.

Their largest commission was for the splendid Phoenix Park Fountain, which was gifted to Glasgow by 'Sweetie' Buchanan, of John Buchanan & Bros. Ltd, a local confectioner, and which stood in Phoenix Park, Cowcaddens (c. 1891).

Named after the foundry which occupied the site until 1890, the park was 'restored' in 1959, but the fountain, which had by then become delerict, was demolished. The fountain can be seen in a photograph of 1911, reproduced in Walter Gilmore's Keep Off The Grass (1996).

Edington's son, James Edington, was involved with the Eagle Foundry in Port Dundas, where he was associated with John McDowall, of McDowall Steven & Co.



Sources:

  • POD 1804-1847;
  • GH , Phoenix Park restoration, 31st August, 1959, p. 9 (ill.);
  • Gilmour (1996) (ill.);

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