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South Foreland lighthouse, St. Margarets bay

South Foreland lighthouse, St. Margarets bay

To the South Foreland lighthouse belongs the honour of having been the first British lighthouse to be lighted by electricity, applied thereto on the advice of Michael Faraday. Its modern lantern is amazingly powerful, being of 153,000 candle-power, with a radius of not less than 23 miles. That is to say, it is easily visible from the French coast, and from the English as far as Ramsgate on the one side, and Dungeness on the other. This powerful and picturesque light, on its chalk cliff, is 375 feet above the sea.

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