TG3830 : Guarding the High Light

taken 10 years ago, near to Happisburgh, Norfolk, Great Britain

Guarding the High Light
Guarding the High Light
A square type 22 pillbox, located in the field below Happisburgh lighthouse; it was constructed in 1940/41, forming part of the Norfolk coast defences. A second, polygonal, pillbox can just be glimpsed in the background (Defence of Britain database reference number S0000878). The pillbox with red-brick shuttering seen in the foreground has the Defence of Britain database reference number S0000880.

Happisburgh Lighthouse was built in 1790; it is the oldest working light in East Anglia, and the only independently run lighthouse in Great Britain. Two lighthouses were built after 70 sailing ships and 600 men were lost during a severe winter storm in 1789 - Low Light was situated on the cliftop but has since tumbled into the sea, and High Light, located 400 yards inland from it, which still stands. Its tower is 85ft tall and the lantern is 134ft above sea level. The Low Light was discontinued in 1883; the pair formed leading lights marking safe passage around the southern end of the treacherous Haisborogh Sands. LinkExternal link (Archive LinkExternal link ) - LinkExternal link (Archive LinkExternal link )
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Date Taken
Wednesday, 24 September, 2008   (more nearby)
Thursday, 25 September, 2008
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Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TG 384 308 [100m precision]
WGS84: 52:49.3343N 1:32.2141E
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TG 388 304
View Direction
Northwest (about 315 degrees)
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