Tyne and Wear HER(8086): South Shields, Ocean Road, Jubilee Memorial - Details
Title of image: Wouldhave Memorial
Date: circa 1900
Description: Memorial to William Wouldhave, who designed the first purpose built lifeboat. Brown's Cafe can also be seen in the background. On the right, behind the monument is the 'Tyne', a replica of the original lifeboat.
Additional info: Black and White photograph
Location/Collection: Central Library South Shields/Local Studies Collection
Accession number: STH0000828
Copyright: Digital Image copyright Â© South Tyneside. All rights reserved.
South Shields, Ocean Road, Jubilee Memorial
1890. J H Morton, Architect. John F Scott, Sculptor. R B Farbridge, Monumental Mason. 45 ft high square ashlar tower, rising in 4 stages, designed in the "classical" style. First stage plain with a large semi-circular headed recess on each face. The west one contains a tablet with the inscription "Erected in commemoration of Jubilee of H M Queen Victoria June 20th 1887, as a memorial of the beneficent work of the lifeboat as designed and built in South Shields in year 1790." The north and south each contain a fountain whose waters originally fail into basins at the base of the tower. These basins now removed. The east recess contains a door giving access to the interior of the tower. The second stage has pilasters set at right angles to the corners with entablature breaking forward over them. West face carries a medallion portrait of Wouldhare, the east face one of Greathead. Wouldhare and Greathead are the disputed inventors of the modern lifeboat. The north and south faces have reliefs of a shipwreck and the return of the lifeboat. The third stage, set back behind a balustraded parapet, contains a clock and the crowning fourth stage is an open cupola. LISTED GRADE 2
Department of National Heritage, List of Buildings of Special architectural or Historic Interest, 12/60; Paul Usherwood, Jeremy Beach and Catherine Morris, 2000, Public Sculpture of North East England, p 176-7