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ISBN: 9780857041074
AUTHOR: Robin Jones
Lighthouses of the South West
Lighthouses of the South West
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Few of the world’s coastlines can boast not only as many lighthouses at that of south-west England, but their sheer variety in terms of shape, size, design and ancestry.

For millennia, the sheer cliffs with jagged rocks at their feet facing the full force of the Atlantic surge showed no mercy as generations of sailors attempted to navigate the major trade route. Fiercest of all was the rounding of Land’s End, the extreme south-westernmost point of the British mainland, overlooking the great expanse where three seas meet – the Atlantic, the English Channel and Irish Sea, and producing the great swell which would never hesitate in tossing ships like corks on the ocean, so often sending them to their doom on the isolated pinnacles of Wolf Rock, the Longships or the Seven Stones reef.

Today, lighthouses have become automated and – with the advent of modern navigation systems – some are under threat of closure altogether. However, lighthouses have become an integral part of the British seaside landscape, and are much admired by locals and visitors alike. They have inspired paintings, books, poems, and songs. In some cases, like Burnham-on-Sea, they have not only contributed to the safety of a port or harbour, but played a key role in its development.

This book is a definitive tour of the lighthouses ancient and modern along the coast from Avonmouth around Land’s End to Swanage and, for completeness, includes lightships and also the major daymarks – lightless beacons to guide ships during daytime. Heavily illustrated, it is a fascinating guide which can be enjoyed on the ground – or in the comfort of the armchair!

A graduate of the University of Central England, Robin Jones, founding editor of Heritage Railway magazine, was a news editor and chief investigative reporter at the Birmingham Evening Mail. Over the years he has produced several books and special publications, along with historical features for numerous other newspapers and periodicals.

Imprint: Halsgrove. ISBN 978 0 85704 107 4, hardback, 214x230mm, 144 pages. Published September 2011.

 
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