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Hunstanton and North Foreland lighthouses

Hunstanton and North Foreland lighthouses

The site of the Hunstanton lighthouse (bottom), not in itself remarkable, gains picturesqueness from the ruined arch seen in the foreground. Of greater historical interest is the North Foreland tower (top), set high on the white cliffs of Thanet; for it was here that in 1636 Sir John Meldrum built a structure of "lath and plaster" to house the first coastal light in England. Remarkably enough, it lasted for 47 years, and then was burnt down. The powerful red and white beams of the modern light have a radius of 20 miles.

Other pictures from The Coastwise Lights of Britain

Grace Darling's boat: Longstone and Flamborough Lights

The Cliff-Base Light at Beachy Head

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