North Foreland Lighthouse

North Foreland Lighthouse, Broadstairs, Kent

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  • A light was first exhibited at North Foreland, Broadstairs in 1499, but the first real lighthouse was built by Sir John Meldrum in 1636. The lighthouse consisted of a two storey octagonal tower made of timber, lath and plaster with an iron coal burning grate on top. This tower was destroyed by fire in 1683.

    A temporary measure of a single candle in a lantern hoisted on a pole proved, not surprisingly, ineffective and the present structure was built in 1691; originally the tower was 12 metres tall constructed of brick, stone and flint. In 1698 the lighthouse is recorded as using 100 tons of coal a year.

    North Foreland Lighthouse came into the hands of the Trustees of Greenwich Hospital in 1719, they used the surplus from the light dues for the upkeep of the hospital for the benefit of seamen. They enclosed the fire in a glazed lantern in 1719 but this was removed in 1730 after complaints from shipping. In 1793 a further two storeys were added to the tower and the coal fire was replaced by 18 oil lamps.

    Trinity House purchased the lighthouse in 1832. In 1890 a separate room known as the lantern house, was built on to the top of the tower to accommodate the light.

  • North Foreland Lighthouse 7-day Weather Forecast

    Light rain today through Saturday, with temperatures falling to 14°C on Sunday.

    Today's Forecast
     Overcast throughout the day and windy overnight.
     
    14
    -> 
    19
       25%  86%   12 mph
      7:25 am    5:54 pm
    Friday, Oct 20th
     Windy until evening and mostly cloudy starting in the evening.
     
    12
    -> 
    16
       76%  37%   26 mph
      7:27 am    5:52 pm

    Saturday, Oct 21st
     Rain in the morning and windy throughout the day.
     
    12
    -> 
    16
       74%  51%   31 mph
      7:29 am    5:50 pm
    Sunday, Oct 22nd
     Windy and mostly cloudy throughout the day.
     
    10
    -> 
    14
       34%  81%   24 mph
      7:31 am    5:48 pm

    Monday, Oct 23rd
     Overcast throughout the day and breezy in the morning.
     
    11
    -> 
    17
       52%  96%   16 mph
      7:32 am    5:46 pm
    Tuesday, Oct 24th
     Overcast throughout the day and breezy in the morning.
     
    13
    -> 
    17
       28%  97%   16 mph
      7:34 am    5:44 pm

    Wednesday, Oct 25th
     Mostly cloudy until afternoon.
     
    13
    -> 
    17
       51%  55%   14 mph
      7:36 am    5:42 pm
    Thursday, Oct 26th
     Mostly cloudy throughout the day.
     
    13
    -> 
    16
       49%  69%   17 mph
      7:38 am    5:40 pm

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