Beachy Head Lighthouse

Beachy Head lighthouse, Beacht Head, East Sussex

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  • Beachy Head is sited about 165 metres seawards from the base of the cliffs.

    It is said that as early as 1670 a light shone to guide passing vessels from the top of the cliffs at Beachy Head, the 90 metres high seaward termination of the Sussex Downs.

    In 1828 James Walker erected Belle Toute Lighthouse, a 14 metre high circular tower, on the headland. This remained in operation till 1899 when it was abandoned due to being frequently shrouded in mist and threatened with collapse because of recurrent falls of chalk from the cliff.

    In 1902 under the direction of Sir Thomas Matthews, the Trinity House Engineer-in-Chief, the present lighthouse was brought into service, sited about 165 metres seawards from the base of the cliffs. It took two years to complete and involved building a coffer-dam and a cableway from the top of the cliffs to carry materials down to the site. 3,660 tons of Cornish granite were used in the construction of the tower.

    More details: www.trinityhouse.co.uk

  • Beachy Head Lighthouse 7-day Weather Forecast

    Light rain tomorrow through Monday, with temperatures falling to 16°C next Tuesday.

    Today's Forecast
     Mostly cloudy throughout the day.
     
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       0%  64%   7 mph
      6:52 am    6:50 pm
    Wednesday, Sep 27th
     Light rain starting in the evening.
     
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       31%  87%   10 mph
      6:54 am    6:48 pm

    Thursday, Sep 28th
     Light rain in the morning.
     
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       51%  68%   9 mph
      6:55 am    6:45 pm
    Friday, Sep 29th
     Light rain in the morning.
     
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       21%  95%   9 mph
      6:57 am    6:43 pm

    Saturday, Sep 30th
     Mostly cloudy until afternoon.
     
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       10%  65%   8 mph
      6:59 am    6:41 pm
    Sunday, Oct 1st
     Light rain until evening.
     
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       29%  88%   15 mph
      7:00 am    6:39 pm

    Monday, Oct 2nd
     Light rain until afternoon.
     
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       40%  64%   14 mph
      7:02 am    6:36 pm
    Tuesday, Oct 3rd
     Mostly cloudy starting in the afternoon.
     
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       0%  35%   9 mph
      7:03 am    6:34 pm

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