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 on Thursday through Saturday, with temperatures falling to 13°C on Sunday.

    Today's Forecast
     Mostly cloudy throughout the day.
     
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       0%  38%   1 mph
      7:26 am    6:04 pm
    Wednesday, Oct 18th
     Overcast throughout the day.
     
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       32%  99%   6 mph
      7:28 am    6:02 pm

    Thursday, Oct 19th
     Overcast throughout the day and windy starting in the evening.
     
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       34%  91%   13 mph
      7:29 am    6:00 pm
    Friday, Oct 20th
     Light rain in the morning and windy until afternoon.
     
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       79%  69%   25 mph
      7:31 am    5:58 pm

    Saturday, Oct 21st
     Windy and mostly cloudy throughout the day.
     
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       77%  78%   33 mph
      7:33 am    5:56 pm
    Sunday, Oct 22nd
     Windy until afternoon and partly cloudy in the morning.
     
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       41%  54%   19 mph
      7:34 am    5:54 pm

    Monday, Oct 23rd
     Windy and overcast throughout the day.
     
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       62%  93%   25 mph
      7:36 am    5:52 pm
    Tuesday, Oct 24th
     Breezy in the morning and overcast throughout the day.
     
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       41%  98%   22 mph
      7:38 am    5:50 pm

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