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Start Point Lighthouse
Start Point, east of Salcombe, Devon
associated engineer
James Walker
Sir James Nicholas Douglass
date  1836
era  Georgian  |  category  Lighthouse  |  reference  SX828371
ICE reference number  HEW 1370
One of 29 towers designed by James Walker, Start Point was built in the gothic style. Like many of Walker's other lighthouses, it was topped by a crenellated parapet.
Since its construction the lighthouse has undergone almost continuous change. In 1862 a fog-signalling bell was added but a siren replaced this in 1877.
In 1871 the inner floors of the tower were removed, and the accommodation they provided replaced by two houses built next to Walker's tower by James Douglass. These were knocked down and rebuilt in the 1950s, while a third house built by Douglass in 1882 still stands.
In 1989, coastal erosion caused part of the lighthouse complex, including the fog signal, to collapse. Much of the site had to be levelled and retaining walls put in place. In the process, one of the two 1950s houses was demolished.
The lighthouse was automated in 1993.
Research: PS
bibliography
"The Lighthouses of Trinity House"
Richard Woodman + Jane Wilson
Bradford on Avon, Thomas Reed Publications, 2002
"Lighthouses: Their Architecture, History and Archaeology"
Douglas B. Hague + Rosemary Christie
Llandysul: Gomer press, 1975
www.trinityhouse.co.uk
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Start Point Lighthouse