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The William Terriss Memorial Boat House

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Location

Street:King Edward's Parade
Town:Eastbourne
Parish:Eastbourne
Council:Eastbourne Borough Council
County:East Sussex
Postcode:BN21
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Object setting:Road or Wayside
Access is:Public
Location note:Junction with Middle Parade, NE of the Wish Tower
In the AZ book:East Sussex
Page:161
Grid reference:L8
The A-Z books used are A-Z East Sussex and A-Z West Sussex (Editions 1A 2005). Geographers' A-Z Map Company Ltd. Sevenoaks.

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General Information

Commissioned by: Public Subscription through the Daily Telegraph fund
Installation date:1898
Work is:Extant
Owner custodian:Eastbourne Borough Council
Inscription:Eastern wall, gold painted letters carved on grey granite plaque:

THIS LIFEBOAT HOUSE
HAS BEEN ERECTED
IN MEMORY OF
WILLIAM TERRISS,
WITH SUBSCRIPTIONS RECEIVED
BY THE DAILY TELEGRAPH
FROM THOSE WHO LOVED
AND ADMIRED HIM, AND
WHO SORROWED TOGETHER
WITH ALL HIS FRIENDS AND
FELLOW - COUNTRYMEN AT
HIS MOST CRUEL AND
UNTIMELY END:
1898.
''SHADOWS WE ARE AND SHADOWS WE PURSUE''


Carved into stone blocks on western wall:

ROYAL NATIONAL
LIFE-BOAT INSTITUTION

and to its right:

SUPPORTED BY
VOLUNTARY CONTRIBUTIONS

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Classification

Categories:Commemorative, Architectural, Functional
Object type1:Building
     Object subtype1:Other
Subject type1:Non-figurative

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Object Parts

Part 1:Building
     Material:Brick with stone decorations
     Height (cm):500
     Width (cm):620
     Depth (cm):1500

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Object Condition

Overall condition:Good
Risk assessment:No known risk
Date of on-site inspection:07/07/2007

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History

History:The money for the building of this memorial lifeboat house was raised to commemorate a Victorian actor, William Terriss (real name: William Charles James Lewin, b 20 February 1847) who was stabbed to death outside the Adelphi Theatre in London on 16 December 1897, whilst acting in the play 'Secret Service'.
Terriss was famous for his 'swashbuckling' and melodramatic roles and was known as 'Breezy Bill'. He was murdered by a destitute actor, Richard Arthur Prince, who he had previously helped but had recently sacked from a play in which the unstable actor had had a small part. He is buried in Brompton Cemetery, London.
The boathouse was home to several active lifeboats between 1898 and 1924 when a new one was built in Royal Parade. The boathouse became the first permanent lifeboat museum in the country in 1937. The building is unchanged since it was built. When the boathouse was converted into the country's first Lifeboat Museum, it was officially opened on 22 March 1937 in the presence of William Terriss' daughter, Ellaline Terriss.

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References

Source 1 :
     Title:'The Life of William Terriss '
     Type:Book
     Author:Smythe, Arthur J.
     Publisher:Archibald Constable. London.


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Author: Anthony McIntosh
Copyright: Creative Commons




Author: Anthony McIntosh
Copyright: Creative Commons




Author: Anthony McIntosh
Copyright: Creative Commons




Author: Anthony McIntosh
Copyright: Creative Commons

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