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George V Memorial - Silver Jubilee Prime Meridian Monument

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Author: Anthony McIntosh
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Location

Street:Horsham Avenue
Town:Peacehaven
Parish:Peacehaven
Council:Lewes District Council
County:East Sussex
Postcode:BN10
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Object setting:Road or Wayside
Access is:Public
Location note:On the cliff-top at the bottom of Horsham Avenue, overlooking the sea
In the AZ book:East Sussex
Page:148
Grid reference:B6
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.
OS Reference:TQ922203

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Makers

Name : R. Jones
     Role:Architect

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General Information

Commissioned by: Public subscription
Installation date:1935
Unveiling date:10/08/1935
Work is:Extant
Owner custodian:Peacehaven Town Council
Object listing:Not listed
Inscription:South face, bronze plaque:

PEACEHAVEN
KING GEORGE V. MEMORIAL

ERECTED BY THE INHABITANTS IN THE
YEAR 1936 TO COMMEMORATE THE
BENEFICENT AND ILLUSTRIOUS REIGN
OF THEIR BELOVED-SOVEREIGN (1910-1936)
AND TO MARK PEACEHAVEN'S POSITION ON
THE PRIME MERIDIAN OF GREENWICH

Immediately underneath the above, bronze plaque:

In Celebration of the
International Prime Meridian Centenary
1884 - 1984
This plaque was unveiled by the Mayor of Peacehaven
Councillor Alfa Clayton
26 June 1984

At the base of the monument, underneath the above, bronze plaque:

THIS STONE WAS LAID
ON MAY 30TH 1936 BY
C.W. NEVILLE ESQ. THE
FOUNDER OF PEACEHAVEN
(IN THE YEAR 1919)

North face, bronze plaque inscribed:

DISTANCE FROM THIS POINT

this is followed by a list of many world destinations and their distances

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Classification

Categories:Commemorative, Functional, Free Standing
Object type1:Shaft
     Object subtype1:Obelisk
Object type2:Fountain
     Object subtype1:Drinking Fountain
Subject type1:Non-figurative

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Object Parts

Part 1:Sphere and rod
     Material:Copper and bronze
Part 2:Obelisk
     Material:White stone
     Height (cm):610
Part 3:Stepped base
     Material:York stone

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Object Condition

Overall condition:Good
Risk assessment:No known risk
Date of on-site inspection:27/04/2007

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History

History:The Greenwich Meridian passes through Peacehaven. It's exact position was established by Commander Davenport R.N., who erected the first monument - a wooden structure with a large star and four distance signposts. A new one, overlooking the sea was unveiled in 1935 by Charles William Neville, the founder of Peacehaven, during celebrations held for the Silver Jubilee. The Meridian Queen was Daphne Poplett. The memorial cost £300. Neville bought the land here during the First World War, laid out a grid of streets and building plots and advertised a new 'garden city by the sea'.

The monument has been moved inland on two occasions due to cliff errosion.
Hard archive file:Yes

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References

Source 1 :
     Title:'Curiosities of East Sussex: A County Guide to the Unusual'
     Type:Book
     Author:Arscott, David.
     Date:00/00/1991
     Page:59
     Publisher:S.B. Publications. Market Drayton.


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Date: 27/04/2007
Author: Anthony McIntosh
Copyright: Creative Commons




Date: 27/04/2007
Author: Anthony McIntosh
Copyright: Creative Commons




Date: 27/04/2007
Author: Anthony McIntosh
Copyright: Creative Commons




Date: 27/04/2007
Author: Anthony McIntosh
Copyright: Creative Commons

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