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Beach Lighthouse
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The Beach Lighthouse, Fleetwood
Beach LighthouseRange Front is located in Fleetwood
Beach LighthouseRange Front
Beach Lighthouse
Range Front
Location in Fleetwood
Location Fleetwood
United Kingdom
Coordinates 53°55′43″N 3°00′32″W / 53.928554°N 3.009025°W / 53.928554; -3.009025
Year first constructed 1840
Construction sandstone tower
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
Admiralty number A4892
NGA number 5152
ARLHS number ENG-195

The Beach Lighthouse (also known as the Lower Light) is a 44-foot (13 m) tall sandstone lighthouse in Fleetwood, Lancashire, England.


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.

The Beach Lighthouse was designated a Grade II listed building by English Heritage on 26 April 1950. The lighthouse is managed by the Port of Fleetwood.

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