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Fidler's Well

Historic Photographs
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Fidler's Well
Historic Photographs
Fidler's Well
A photograph showing a horse drinking from Fidler's Well in Guild Street. The image is taken from the Evening Express of 13th September 1929. It was accompanied by an article detailing the visit to Aberdeen of the grandson of the well's benefactor, Alexander Fidler. The grandson, who lived in Chicago, had visited the public library and learnt much about his ancestor and the well from G. M. Fraser and then visited the Evening Express office.

The article contains information on Dr William Guild, to whom the well is dedicated, Alexander Fidler and his brother John, who ran a well known pie-shop on Shiprow.

The wording on the well's granite basin reads "Dedicated to Dr William Guild. Died 1657. Lammas, A. F."

The inscription on the cast iron fountain is as follows:

"Fountainhall, 1st August 1857.
Water springs for man and beast,
At your service I am here;
Although six thousand years of age,
I am caller, clean, and clear.

Erected for the inhabitants of The World
Alexander Fiddler."

In this image the well is shown at its 2nd location, outside the Goods Station and opposite what was the Balmoral Temperance Hotel & Restaurant.
Guild Street
Aberdeen Local Studies
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