Beach Lighthouse (Fleetwood) facts for kids
|The Beach Lighthouse, Fleetwood|
|Year first constructed||1840|
|Tower shape||square tower with octagonal lantern rising from a colonnaded 1-storey building|
|Height||13 metres (43 ft)|
|Focal height||14 metres (46 ft)|
|Range||6 nautical miles (11 km)|
|Characteristic||Fl G 2s. light aligns with Upper Light guides shipping down Wyre Channel|
The lighthouse was designed in 1839 by Decimus Burton and Capt H.M. Denham. Burton had been commissioned three years previously by Sir Peter Hesketh Fleetwood as the architect of the new town of Fleetwood. Unusual for a lighthouse, it is in neoclassical style with a square colonnaded base, square tower, and octagonal lantern and gallery.
The Lower Light stands on Fleetwood sea front and was built with its counterpart—the Upper Light, or Pharos Lighthouse—to provide a navigational guide to shipping entering the Wyre estuary. Together the lights provide a leading line when the Pharos Light is directly above that of the Lower Light. Together they provide a range of about 12 nautical miles (22 km). In turn they point to the Wyre Light on the North Wharf Bank, 2 nautical miles (3.7 km) offshore.
Both lighthouses were first illuminated 1 December 1840. Each was run off the town's gas supply, with a single parabolic reflector placed behind the burner; later they were converted to electricity.
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