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Walton on the Naze Beacon
The Naze, Essex, UK
Walton on the Naze Beacon
associated engineer
Not known
date  1720
era  Georgian  |  category  Lighthouse  |  reference  TM263235
ICE reference number  HEW 749
photo  PHEW
At 81ft high, this is the tallest unlit beacon the coast of Britain. Built of brick, octagonal in plan, it lines up with Walton Hall as a sighting guide to ships passing through the Goldmer Gap in the nearby shoals.
The tower is 18ft 6in wide at the base and rises in three sections, each a little narrower in width. Brick buttresses run full height. The internal spiral staircase is lit by arched windows on the upper levels.
It was built by Trinity House, the people responsible for Britain's lighthouse programme. The top was rebuilt in the 19th century, possibly at the time when a reinforcing framework was added and the tower's height reduced from 90ft.
reference sources   CEH E&C

Walton on the Naze Beacon