Spurn Head Lighthouses

Spurn Head Lighthouses

Spurn Head Lighthouses

Spurn Head Lighthouses

Lighthouses have been located on Spurn for over five hundred years. The first reference to a lighthouse on Spurn dates back to 1427, when a hermit, William Reedbarrow, was granted dues from passing ships to complete a lighthouse which he had begun to build there, though little further is known about it. In the late seventeenth century a high and a low light were erected on what was then the tip of the spit, probably about two miles north of the present tip. The low light had to be rebuilt several times, but the high light lasted until the late eighteenth century, when John Smeaton, the celebrated engineer who had built the Eddystone lighthouse in 1759, designed and built two new lighthouses, under the direction of the Hull and London Trinity Houses. In 1852 a new low lighthouse was built on the Humber foreshore, and in 1895, because there was evidence that the foundations of Smeaton’s lighthouse were giving way, the present lighthouse was erected. The low lighthouse then became unnecessary because lights shone out at several levels from the new one, and it became a store for explosives, and later was topped by a water storage tank. The high lighthouse shone out over Spurn (apart from during war-time) for 90 years, until in 1985 modern technology made it redundant.
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Date:
2008-05-11 00:00:00.0
Location:
Spurn Head Heritage Coast, East Yorkshire. UK
Photographer:
Stephen Dutch