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North Foreland Lighthouse
North Foreland, near Broadstairs, Kent
associated engineer
Not known
date  1790
UK era  Georgian  |  category  Lighthouse  |  reference  TR397696
ICE reference number  HEW 733
The octagonal tower you can see today at North Foreland dates from 1790 when its early C18th predecessor was reconstructed and increased in height. It now stands at 64ft 7in.
Parts of the earlier structure were retained but the open coal fire used for the beacon was replaced with oil lamps equipped with relectors and lenses, set about 187ft above mean high water.
The early C18th brick and stone tower stood on the site of several earlier attempts. The first light on the spot may have been lit as early as the beginning of the C16th. Sir John Meldrum owned and managed a tower here in 1634, as it is recorded that he was granted the right to collect dues from passing ships. This and succeeding lights were damaged by fire.
Trinity House, the organisation responsible for lighthouses in England, assumed management of North Foreland in 1832. The current lamp has an intensity of 175,000 candle power and a range of 21 miles.
reference sources   HEW South

North Foreland Lighthouse