Picture Postcard Parade: The Old Lighthouse – Beachy Head

10 May

Last week I showed you a postcard of the current Beachy Head lighthouse, now it is the turn of the old Beachy Head lighthouse, also known as Belle Tout lighthouse (named after the cliff on which it sits).

The Old Lighthouse - Beachy Head

Like the previous postcard there is no clue as to the publisher or the date it was published, other than a divided back which dates it after 1902. This is confirmed by the fact that the caption refers to "the old lighthouse".

The new lighthouse took over from the old lighthouse in 1902. The lighthouse began protecting shipping to the west of Eastbourne, East Sussex in 1828, and after it was replaced by the new lighthouse the building was converted to a private residence.

The lighthouse still stands today, and although it has been featured in several television programmes, the most interesting chapter in it’s history came in March 1999 when the entire building (all 850 tons of it) was pushed 55 feet further away from the cliff edge by hydraulic jacks.

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