Flickrfan: Flamborough Head Lighthouse

January 28, 2010

Flamborough Head Lighthouse, flickrfan, artizen, hdr, lock06, flamborough, head, lighthouse, yorkshire, sigma, 10-20mm, coast, sea,photo by nick.garrod on FlickrFan Stan's site licensed under Creative Commons

Photographed by nick.garrod

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The "new" Flamborough lighthouse (actually built in 1806) stands guard as a silent sentinel, protecting shipping off Flamborough Head. Less silently, the fog horn station, perched on the very cliff, sounds the arrival of fog and frets.

The lighthouse was built by John Matson of Bridlington without the use of scaffolding, is 85 feet tall and stands atop a chalk cliff 170 feet high. The lamp mechanism rotates constantly on a bed of mercury. Further back from the coast is the old Beacon light tower, dating from circa 1674, and the only known example in England. Recent restoration work has cast doubt on whether a fire was ever actually lighted atop the structure. It now stands, a gleaming monument to the rightful awe in which mariners beheld the jagged, dangerous coast.

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