Beach Lighthouse (Fleetwood)

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Beach Lighthouse
Fwd-Lower Light 2004-06-30.jpg
The Beach Lighthouse, Fleetwood
Location Fleetwood, England
Coordinates 53°55′43″N 3°00′33″W / 53.9286°N 3.0091°W / 53.9286; -3.0091Coordinates: 53°55′43″N 3°00′33″W / 53.9286°N 3.0091°W / 53.9286; -3.0091
Year first lit 1840
Construction sandstone
Tower shape octagonal lantern, square section
Height 44 feet (13 m)
Range 6 nautical miles (11 km)
Characteristic 2 second green flash; light aligns with Upper Light guides shipping down Wyre Channel

The Beach Lighthouse (also known as the Lower Light) is a 44-foot (13 m) tall sandstone lighthouse situated in Fleetwood, Lancashire, England. The lighthouse was designed in 1839 by Decimus Burton and Capt H.M. Denham. Burton had been commissioned three years previously by Sir Peter Hesketh Fleetwood as the architect of the new town of Fleetwood. Unusual for a lighthouse, it is in neoclassical style with a square colonnaded base, square tower, and octagonal lantern and gallery.

The Lower Light stands on Fleetwood sea front and was built with its counterpart—the Upper Light, or Pharos Lighthouse—to provide a navigational guide to shipping entering the Wyre estuary. Together the lights provide a leading line when the Pharos Light is directly above that of the Lower Light. In turn they point to the Wyre Light on the North Wharf Bank, 2 nautical miles (3.7 km) offshore.

Both lighthouses were first illuminated 1 December 1840. Together they provide a range of about 12 nautical miles (22 km).

The Beach Lighthouse was designated a Grade II listed building by English Heritage on 26 April 1950.[1] The lighthouse is managed by the Port of Fleetwood.

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  1. ^ "Lower Lighthouse", National Heritage List for England (English Heritage), retrieved 4 May 2011 
  • H N Denham, Sailing directions from Port Lynas to Liverpool... Mawdsley, Liverpool, 1840

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