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27 Sep 2020
02.09.20
Beachy Head

Built in 1902 construction was aided by a temporary cable car from the cliff installed for the transport of workers and building materials to an iron ocean platform adjacent to the lighthouse. 3,660 tons of Cornish granite were used in the construction of the tower. For more than 80 years, the red-and-white striped tower was manned by three lighthouse keepers. Their primary job was to maintain the revolving light, which was then visible 26 nautical miles out to sea. For most of the 20th century cooking was done on a solid-fuel range and the accommodation was lit by paraffin lamps. Electricity first reached the lighthouse in 1975, whereupon an electric lamp was installed in the optic.

 

02.09.20

Numerous shipwrecks at Beachy Head in the 17th and 18th Centuries eventuated in the construction of the Belle Tout Lighthouse. Completed in 1834, its use of 30 oil lamps meant that the lighthouse required two gallons of oil every hour. Unfortunately its cliff top location caused visibility issues when the sea mists obscured the light, obviously problematic for a lighthouse, and it was decommissioned in 1902. Erosion over the years meant the entire lighthouse had to be relocated in 1999.

02.09.20

The pier at Eastbourne, located on the East Sussex Coast. ‘A little English seaside town, as ridiculous as these sorts of places always are… too many draughts and too much music.’ Claude Debussy, 1905. It was here, on the South Coast, that Debussy completed the proofs of his masterpiece La Mer, spending the summer in the Grand Hotel while continuing his clandestine affair with Emma Bardac, discretely registered as Mrs Debussy. He stated 'its a peaceful and charming spot' where he could 'relax like an animal'

 
02.09.20

Built in 1902 construction was aided by a temporary cable car from the cliff installed for the transport of workers and building materials to an iron ocean platform adjacent to the lighthouse. 3,660 tons of Cornish granite were used in the construction of the tower. For more than 80 years, the red-and-white striped tower was manned by three lighthouse keepers. Their primary job was to maintain the revolving light, which was then visible 26 nautical miles out to sea. For most of the 20th century cooking was done on a solid-fuel range and the accommodation was lit by paraffin lamps.

02.09.20

The Seven Sisters Cliffs and Coastguard Cottages showing Cuckmere Haven. "In September 1783 gangs of 200 or 300 men arrived at Cuckmere Haven twice within a week and defiantly carried off their goods, despite opposition and the fact that the sea was extremely rough. A contemporary newspaper reported that it was quite common to see a dozen smuggling vessels lying off the coast in broad daylight at this time”.