Whitby Lighthouse, Whitby

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Whitby Lighthouse is a lighthouse operated by Trinity House. It is located on Ling Hill, on the coast to the south-east of Whitby, beyond Saltwick Bay. It should not be confused with the two lighthouses located in Whitby itself, which protect the town's harbour.The lighthouse, a white octagonal brick tower, was designed by James Walker of civil engineers Messrs. Walker, Burgess & Cooper. Foundations were laid on 12 April 1857 with construction carried out by local builder William Falkingbridge of Well Close Square, Whitby. Supervising the construction Henry Norris of James Walker's firm was engaged as Superintendent of the Works on behalf of Trinity House. The light was first lit on 1 October 1858 with costs of construction having run to about £8,000.Originally, it was one of a pair of towers aligned north-south and known as the twin lights of Whitby North (also known as the High Light) and Whitby South. Their purpose was to show fixed lights over Whitby Rock. In 1890, a more efficient light was installed in the High Light, allowing the South Light to be deactivated. The lighthouse was electrified in 1976 and automated in 1992; the former lighthouse keepers' cottages are now available to hire by holidaymakers.The Whitby Fog Signal located adjacent to the lighthouse has been deactivated, and the building is also now used as holiday accommodation.
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  • A gloomy day for our first visit to Whitby, but that didn’t stop us going down the beach and checking out the lighthouse, and surrounding area. What a beautiful harbour even under dark clouds.  more »
  • well worth a look, we were there today they have a crane there doing some work around it you can sea fish from there  more »
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  • OK I've been up the light house twice the 1st time as a youngster with my brothers & yes I looked down "Did I mention I hate heights" & doing this only made that hatred of heights set in concrete, the handrails I'd swear to this day still have an imprint of where I had both hands tightly gripped However much later in life I've been up again, with my daughter & well it was fine "I didn't go outside to get an opportunity to look down" & my daughter was smart enough to stick with me, however we both still enjoyed the views from within lol
  • Great views of Whitby and Whitby harbour from up the lighthouse, well worth the entrance fee.
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