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The Beach Lighthouse (also known as the Lower Light) is a 44-foot (13 m) tall sandstone lighthouse situated in Fleetwood, Lanchashire, 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 Street 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.  The lighthouse is managed by the Port of Fleetwood.

 

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The Beach Lighthouse (also known as the Lower Light) is a 44-foot (13 m) tall sandstone lighthouse situated in Fleetwood, Lanchashire, 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 Street 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.  The lighthouse is managed by the Port of Fleetwood.

 

comments (13)

  • Alan
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 14 Dec 2014, 07:24
Well I never knew that there was a Sir Fleetwood. I wonder if the port was named after him or he took the name of the port? This is very different t what I seen in lighthouses and I would never have guessed that this was one. Can you go inside?
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Knowledge abounds...
I never would have guessed it was a light house had Frank not told me... I looked it up - Every September it is opened for people to go in.
  • Chris
  • England
  • 14 Dec 2014, 07:33
What an amazing & historic structure this is!
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: I really like the design - very un-lighthouse like! smile
great positioning
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Thanks Chantal!
Very interesting E. Clearly you have been getting to know the wonderful county of Lancashire. My mother was born and brought up in Nelson but I don't advise visiting the place grin
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Thank you Bill!
It's really great getting to know the area - Frank knows so much, of course- but it's fun learning new things together as well. He agrees with you about Nelson...
That is a very fancy lighthouse.
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Isn't it an interesting design?!
Quite interesting Elizabeth! I really like the composition of your picture.
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Thank you Richard! I appreciate that you do!
An attractive and unusual lighthouse Elizabeth. Nice shot
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Isn't it an interesting design? I really like it! Thank you!
  • Anne
  • United Kingdom
  • 14 Dec 2014, 16:23
How fascinating - thank you for providing the information. Q and I must have a jolly to Fleetwood, maybe in 2015 ....
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: I really love the design of this light house - very un-lighthouse'ish! And Fleetwood is a great place! Yes - you two should visit there! Let Frank know - he said he'd love to meet you for a coffee!
What an unusual building. I feel guilty that you know more about this part of my country than I do, which is very little to be honest.
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Isn't it?! Oh - I only know a few places... I just like to know their history! smile
Nice bit of Victorian architecture - as well as being eminently practical!
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Isn't it great?! I really like this lighthouse!
  • blackdog
  • United Kingdom
  • 14 Dec 2014, 19:09
Good info - but no Fleetwood Mac song for us? Albatross comes to mind.
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Ahhhh!!! Don't know why I didn't think of it!!!
wow, this certainly has some history behind it. i like the unique architectural considerations that you mentioned.
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Isn't it great?! I really like the design!
  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 14 Dec 2014, 23:41
Lovely, crisp image, Elizabeth.

Did Frank tell you all this? Did you believe it?
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Thanks Ray! Of course Frank told me, and of course I believe it! He could tell me the moon was made of cheese, and with a twinkle in his eye - convince me it were so! smile

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