Statues - Hither & Thither

Great Britain
Dover
Kent

South East England

Marine Parade

Matthew Webb

Dawley, Shropshire 1848 - Niagara River 1883 the first recorded person to swim the English Channel without the use of artificial aids. He died in an attempt to swim through the Whirlpool Rapids on the Niagara River
(Wikipedia)
Francis Doyle-Jones
1910

Dover /  Matthew Webb   Dover /  Matthew Webb

Description

Bronze bust, supported by two dolphins and a shell, on the back capt. | matthew | webb | 1848-1883

Inscription(s)

CAPT.
MATTHEW
WEBB
born dawley 1848
died niagara 1883
swam from dover to
calais aug. 24 25 1875
——
erected by public
subscription 1910

On the back of the pedestal is a laurel wreath with an extra plaque:

εισ σε ανηκει
η
αιωνια δοξα

to you belongs
the glory for ever

presented by
mdme zoi (joyce) j sotiraki
greek long distance swimming champion
fd of uea 25 aug. 1951

Signature

F.W. Doyle-Jones 1910

Annotation

Unveiled 8 June 1910 by Lord Desborough, in the presence of Webb's widow, son and brother.

Sculptor

Sources & Information

Tags

Location N 51°7'27" E 1°19'7"

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