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During a severe winter storm in 1789, 70 sailing ships and 600 men were lost off the Norfolk coast. An inquiry, which drew attention to the complete lack of warning lights between the fire beacon at Cromer and the candle-powered light at Winterton, resulted in Trinity House building two lighthouses at Happisburgh: the Low Light on the cliff top and the High Light (the present lighthouse) 400 yards inland.

Happisburgh Lighthouse (shown here) is the oldest working light in East Anglia, and the only independently run lighthouse in Great Britain.

Built in 1790, as above, originally one of a pair - the tower is 85ft tall and the lantern is 134ft above sea level. The "Low Light", threatened by coast erosion, was withdrawn from service, demolished and discontinued in 1883. It was 20ft lower and the pair formed leading lights marking safe passage around the southern end of the treacherous Haisborogh Sands.

Today, the lighthouse is painted white with three red bands and has a light characteristic of 3 white flashes, repeated every 30 seconds, with a range of 18 miles.

Saved as a working light by the local community, it is maintained and operated entirely by voluntary contributions.

Just a simple shot here of the lighthouse... this picture was taken on a very windy, dull day and, for once, the sky let me down!

Thanks for stopping by.

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