SX4754 : Mosaic of Smeaton's Lighthouse base

taken 7 years ago, near to Plymouth, Great Britain

Mosaic of Smeaton's Lighthouse base
Mosaic of Smeaton's Lighthouse base
This is a mosaic set into the pavement at the junction between Millbay Road and West Hoe road. It shows the structural cross section of John Smeaton's Granite and Portland stone lighthouse started in 1756 and completed in 1759. It was the first in the world to be constructed of interlocking stone blocks. Here you can see how Smeaton's revolutionary technique worked, and the proof was that his tower stood for 123 years and was only replaced because the sea had undermined the rock base. The Lighthouse was then removed from the Eddystone rocks in 1877 and reassembled on Plymouth Hoe. It has been a Grade 1 Listed Building since 1954.
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Date Taken
Friday, 20 January, 2012   (more nearby)
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Friday, 20 January, 2012
Geographical Context
Historic sites and artefacts  City, Town centre 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SX 4710 5418 [10m precision]
WGS84: 50:22.0563N 4:9.0778W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SX 4705 5417
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EAST (about 90 degrees)
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Smeatons Tower  Base  Foundation  Lighthouse  Eddystone  Eddystone Lighthouse 

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