(33) Orientation marker, West Parade

Orientation marker, West Parade. Photo by Paul Wright, June 2012.

Sandstone orientation marker, West Parade. Photo by Paul Wright, June 2012.

This rough-hewn sandstone shaft and slab onto which is set a square-shaped bronze plate can be found on West Parade promenade close to the Clock Tower. The plate has a date of 1911 in the segment created by lines to the magnetic and true north although it is uncertain when the marker was actually installed on the promenade. From here looking out to sea and to the right can be enjoyed, on clear days, an uninterrupted view of Eastbourne and the headland which leads round to Beachy Head. Also in good weather the Royal Sovereign Light Tower can be seen on the horizon resembling a capital letter T with a bump on one end. The marker’s Bexhill position is indicated on the plate as LONE 00° 28´ 50.5´´ and LATE 50° 50´ 3.0´´ although these co-ordinates would place the marker approximately 0.5km out to sea opposite the Sackville Apartments on East Parade. The correct co-ordinates of this site are LONE 00° 27´ 47.0´´ and LATE 50° 50´ 11.0´´. All locations recorded on the plate are within the UK and Channel Islands or nearby French coast; the nearest is the Royal Sovereign Lightship (the lightvessel was replaced by the present light tower in 1971) at 6¾ miles and the furthest is The Lizard at 262 miles.

Detail of plate on orientation marker, West Parade. Photo by Paul Wright, June 2012.

Detail of plate on orientation marker, West Parade. Photo by Paul Wright, June 2012.

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