TV5895 : Beachy Head Lighthouse with cliffs, East Sussex

taken 46 years ago, 3 km from Birling Gap, East Sussex, Great Britain

Beachy Head Lighthouse with cliffs, East Sussex
Beachy Head Lighthouse with cliffs, East Sussex
View of the lighthouse at Beachy Head with the cliffs taken from a pleasure boat in 1971. There have been a number of cliff falls since this image was taken and the lighthouse is no longer so near to the cliffs.

It is said that as early as 1670 a light shone to guide passing vessels from the top of the cliffs at Beachy Head, the 90 metres high seaward termination of the Sussex Downs.

In 1828 James Walker erected Belle Tout LighthouseTV5695 : Belle Tout Lighthouse, a 14 metre high circular tower, on the headland. This remained in operation till 1899 when it was abandoned due to being frequently shrouded in mist and threatened with collapse because of recurrent falls of chalk from the cliff.

In 1902 under the direction of Sir Thomas Matthews, the Trinity House Engineer-in-Chief, the present lighthouse was brought into service, sited about 165 metres seawards from the base of the cliffs. It took two years to complete and involved building a coffer-dam and a cableway from the top of the cliffs to carry materials down to the site. 3,660 tons of Cornish granite were used in the construction of the tower.

Beachy Head lighthouse was automated and demanned in June 1983. It is monitored 24 hours a day from the Trinity House Operations Control Centre at Harwich in Essex.

LinkExternal link

LinkExternal link

TV5895 : Beachy Head lighthouseis how it looked in 2008
Creative Commons Licence [Some Rights Reserved]   © Copyright Christine Matthews and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence.
1:50,000 Modern Day Landranger(TM) Map © Crown Copyright
+
+
1:50,000 Modern Day Landranger(TM) Map © Crown Copyright
TIP: Click the map for Large scale mapping
Change to interactive Map >
Grid Square
TV5895, 242 images   (more nearby )
Photographer
  (find more nearby)
Date Taken
August 1971   (more nearby)
Submitted
Sunday, 9 March, 2008
Category
Lighthouse   (more nearby)
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TV 583 951 [100m precision]
WGS84: 50:44.0585N 0:14.5115E
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TV 583 950
View Direction
NORTH (about 0 degrees)
Looking for a postcode? Try this pageExternal link
Clickable map
+


Image classification(about): Supplemental image
This page has been viewed about 142 times.
View this location: KML (Google Earth) · Google MapsExternal link · Bing MapsExternal link · OS Map Checksheet · Geograph Map · geotagged! More Links for this image
NW N NE
W Go E
SW S SE
[Mark
You are not logged in login | register