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Brian Drury

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The two lighthouses of Shoreham
« on: December 07, 2017, 01:51:32 pm »
An 1892 map shows two lighthouses. Why would you have two?

The map also shows the Mill lane windmill.

https://1drv.ms/i/s!AtcxErupGaCfgbMRnN20eJICBIoimA


Nelson

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Re: The two lighthouses of Shoreham
« Reply #1 on: December 08, 2017, 11:12:30 am »
That’s a commendable effort to prompt responses Brian, thank you, but it seems it’s still relatively early days as regards more active use of the forum by others although we’re slowly getting there.

I’m sure you already know the answer anyway but for those that may not the image of the lower lighthouse on the 1892 map is just a representation and was the wooden ‘low light’ * that stood for many years on the middle pier. When approaching vessels lined up the high and low lights they knew they were on the correct course for the harbour entrance. The old low light structure is now long gone but a modern low light now stands in its stead on the middle pier along with the lights on the end of the 1950’s east and west extension arms to the harbour.

Incidentally, prior to the building of today’s stone lighthouse there was actually another wooden one in the grounds of Kingston House as shown on the 1844 map. When overlaid on to a later map the subsequent lighthouse is seen to be on the same alignment as the wooden light to the low light on the middle pier and so preserved the direction of the safe approach into the harbour. 

* as opposed to the 1846 stone lighthouse or ‘high light’
« Last Edit: December 08, 2017, 11:14:09 am by Nelson »

Brian Drury

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Re: The two lighthouses of Shoreham
« Reply #2 on: December 08, 2017, 02:50:59 pm »
Thanks Roger. Nice photo.