Beach Lighthouse (Fleetwood)

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Beach Lighthouse
Range Front
Fwd-Lower Light 2004-06-30.jpg
The Beach Lighthouse, Fleetwood
Beach Lighthouse (Fleetwood) is located in Fleetwood
Beach Lighthouse (Fleetwood)
Fleetwood
Location Fleetwood
Lancashire
England
United Kingdom
Coordinates 53°55′43″N 3°00′32″W / 53.928554°N 3.009025°W / 53.928554; -3.009025Coordinates: 53°55′43″N 3°00′32″W / 53.928554°N 3.009025°W / 53.928554; -3.009025
Year first constructed 1840
Construction sandstone tower
Tower shape square parallelepiped tower with octagonal prismlantern rising from a colonnaded 1-storey building
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
Admiralty number A4892
NGA number 5152
ARLHS number ENG-195
Managing agent Port of Fleetwood[1]
Listed Building – Grade II
Official name Lower Lighthouse
Designated 26 April 1950
Reference no. 1362180

The Beach Lighthouse (also known as the Lower Light) is a 44-foot (13 m) tall sandstone lighthouse situated in Fleetwood, Lancashire, England.

History[edit]

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.[2] The lighthouse is managed by the Port of Fleetwood.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Fleetwood Low The Lighthouse Directory. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Retrieved 4 June 2016
  2. ^ Historic England. "Lower Lighthouse (1362180)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 4 May 2011. 

Sources[edit]

  • H N Denham, Sailing directions from Port Lynas to Liverpool... Mawdsley, Liverpool, 1840

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