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The lighthouse which now stands on Plymouth Hoe was formally the Eddystone Lighthouse. It was perhaps the most notable as it marked a major step forward in the design of such structures. Recommended to the task by the Royal Society, civil engineer John Smeaton pioneered the use of 'hydraulic lime' (a form of concrete) and developed a technique involving dovetailed blocks of granite in the building of the lighthouse (1756-1759)
The lighthouse was dismantled and partially rebuilt at Plymouth Hoe as a memorial; the Victorian builders could not dismantle the whole structure due to the strength of the dovetailing and hydraulic lime.

Address: Plymouth Hoe
Directions: At the bottom of Armada Way, overlooking the Sound
Phone: +44 1752 600608
Website: http://www.plymouth.gov.uk/museumsmeatonstower

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  • Written Jul 20, 2006
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