(30) Frapping-Anchor point, West Parade

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Plaque at Frapping-anchor point, West Parade. Photo by Paul Wright, May 2010.

Frapping Anchor #2 June 2016

Frapping-anchor point set into ground beneath thick glass plate, West Parade. Photograph by Paul Wright, June 2016.

Set in the ground between the back of the first wooden shelter beyond the Metropole Lawn and West Parade road (opposite 5-12 Alderton Court) can be found a most unusual memorial. Just visible through the thick glass plate is a vivid green coloured frapping-anchor from the early 1900s set against a red background. A frapping point is the anchorage from which the boats were winched up the beach and onto the promenade particularly in bad weather. A commemorative plaque was unveiled on 21st June 2007 with over 40 members of the Moore family in attendance.  The plaque reads: FROM THIS BEACH SITE DURING THE YEARS :- CIRCA – 1906 – 1960 A. G. Moore & Sons operated a fleet of commercial fishing and pleasure boats. Fish caught daily provided the residents of Bexhill with food including the allied forces billeted around Bexhill duringthe (sic) two world wars. Pleasure boating was a popular pastime for the many holiday makers who visited the town in the years of peace during the summer months. Below this plaque is the original Frapping-Anchor Point by which the Fleet was hauld (sic) up onto the parade, in bad weather including the family’ (sic) favourite “THE NANCY”. There is also a stylised representation of the original buildings and anchor points.

If you look at the edge of the promenade on the beach side, opposite the shelter, you can still see marks where the cables, used to haul the boats up onto the beach, have cut into the stonework.

Marks on promenade stonework cut by cables as boats were hauled ashore. Photo by Paul Wright, January 2013.

Marks on promenade stonework cut by cables as boats were hauled ashore. Photo by Paul Wright, January 2013.

Frapping Anchor #4 June 2016

Frapping-anchor point, West Parade. Photograph by Paul Wright, June 2016.

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