Shoreham’s Steam Paddle Tugs

Researcher Ken Wilcox’s brief but important notes on Shoreham’s paddle tugs are a relevant addition to the town’s history records that may otherwise have been completely overlooked. This website documents many of the ships built and used in Shoreham but very little on the paddle tug workhorses that during the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries busily assisted those sailing ships in and out of the harbour and even, on occasions, towing our oar-propelled lifeboats to the aid of  ships in distress.

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Shoreham Harbour 1875

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(a pamphlet recording a speech at the meeting of the trustees donated by Andy Ramus)

 

John Jabez Edwin Mayall 17 Sept 1813 – 6 March 1901

 

On Tuesday July 20th 1875, Alderman Mayall, having been appointed by the Brighton Corporation to be one of the trustees of the Shoreham Harbour Board, gave a speech at a meeting of the trustees at the Dolphin Chambers, Shoreham, where he laid out his plan to get a new bill passed through Government to allow the port greater borrowing powers in order to make the most of Shoreham Harbour’s potential.   Continue reading “Shoreham Harbour 1875”

Buckingham Arms Side-Spouted Ale Measure

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This pewter pint measure was made by George Farmiloe & Sons of John Street, London EC1 in the 1870’s (1). It has two Victorian verification marks (official excise weights and measures) of a crown above the letters VR over the numbers 74 on one and 167 on the other – 167 was the number for Steyning district. There is also another mark of a crown above WS for West Sussex. The maker’s name is also stamped thereon – known in the pewter makers’ trade as touch marks. Finally, the names ‘A. Thorncroft, Buckingham Arms’ are beautifully engraved in script upon the opposite side to the handle of the measure.

 

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Alfred was born in 1834 to James and Jane Thorncroft of Middle Street in Shoreham and eventually followed his father into the building trade. In 1862 he married Eliza Gates King, also from Shoreham, only to lose her two years later following the birth of their daughter. Alfred’s second marriage was to Rhoda Wilson from Brighton in 1868 at which time he took over as landlord of the Buckingham Arms in Brunswick Road. Rhoda also was destined not to make old bones and died aged 50 in 1889. Alfred’s younger sister Emily moved in as housekeeper to help her brother run the pub until Alfred finally passed on in 1897 at the age of 63.

 

(1) The impressive Farmiloe Building still stands in Clerkenwell and is now a well-known London landmark.

 

Roger Bateman

Shoreham

March 2013

 

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