Beach Lighthouse Fleetwood

The Beach Lighthouse Fleetwood 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 in style. In addition, it has 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.  In fact, it was designed to provide a navigational guide to shipping entering the Wyre estuary. Together the lights provide a leading line when the Tower Light is directly above that of the Lower Light. Together, they provide a range of about 12 nautical miles (22 km). 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. However, 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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