Letter: Legacy of town benefactor Gambart Baines

In 1913 Earnest Gambart Baines gave Scarborough its first motorised fire engine named Jessie after his wife.

In 1913 Earnest Gambart Baines gave Scarborough its first motorised fire engine named Jessie after his wife.

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I am writing to inform your readers of the death in March of John Gambart Webb, aged 91. He was a teacher and historian in Portsmouth and a well-known writer.

He was my cousin and we are related by marriage to the Victorian art dealer Ernest Gambart.

The reason I am writing is because his son Ernest Gambart Baines had a waxworks in Scarborough and the Foreshore Baths in 1904. In 1913 he gave the town the first motorised fire engine named ‘Jessie’ after his wife. He also had the bowls trophy named after him the Gambart Baines Bowls Trophy.

My cousin John visited the town about 20 to 30 years ago and introduced himself to the bowls club and indeed presented the trophy once.

There was a thanksgiving service held at Portsmouth Cathedral.

Susan Howard (nee Webb)

Waveney Road

Beccles

Suffolk