Beach Lighthouse (Fleetwood)
The Beach Lighthouse, Fleetwood
|Year first constructed||1840|
|Tower shape||square tower with octagonal lantern rising from a colonnaded 1-storey building|
|Tower height||13 metres (43 ft)|
|Focal height||14 metres (46 ft)|
|Range||6 nautical miles (11 km)|
|Characteristic||Fl G 2s. light aligns with Upper Light guides shipping down Wyre Channel|
|Managing agent||Port of Fleetwood|
|Heritage||Grade II listed building|
|Official name||Lower Lighthouse|
|Designated||26 April 1950|
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).
- H N Denham, Sailing directions from Port Lynas to Liverpool... Mawdsley, Liverpool, 1840
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