Memorial: M1785

Statue on Gibraltar Hill, Railway Street, Chatham, Kent commemorating Lieutenant Thomas Waghorn, RN d. 1850

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Location

Gibraltar Hill, Railway Street, Chatham, Kent, England

Transcript

'THE OVERLAND / ROVTE' [On map] 'LIEVTENANT . R.N. / PIONEER . AND . FOVNDER . OF. THE . OVERLAND . ROVTE / BORN . AT . CHATHAM . 1800 / DIED . JANY . 7TH . 1850'

Details

Description: A full-length figure holding a map in left hand and pointing with right hand
Type: Statue
Position: Gibraltar Hill
Materials: Bronze
Date Erected: 1888
Artists: H.H. 'Armstead'

People

Waghorn, Thomas
Age: 50
Date of Death: 7/1/1850
Cause of Death: Unknown
Rank / Occupation: Lieutenant RN
Organisation: Royal Navy

Extra

Notes: Buried at Snodland, Kent. Waghorn pioneered an overland mail route between Cairo and Suez. Statue unveiled by the Earl of Northbrook. Figure points north instead east to India as intended.
Bibliography: David Saunders 'Maritime Memorials & Mementoes' (Yeovil, 1996), p. 35 (illustration).

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