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"High & Low Lighthouses" Harwich Favorite Tip by Ash59

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  Low Lighthouse, Harwich
by Ash59

Favorite thing: There are two prominent lighthouses in Harwich and they are named as the High & Low Lighthouses. The Low Lighthouse, foremost in the picture, is on the sea front. The other, seen as a spire to left of the white lighthouse, sits quite comfortably 150 yards (approx 140mtr) further inland, almost inside the town. They were built in 1818 and took over from a light that was installed over the Town gate in 1665 and a wooden structure that sat on the sea front.

The idea of these two lighthouses was to guide ships into the harbour. When a ship aligned itself so that both lights were in line with each other (know as leading lights), they knew that they were following the cleared channel into the port.

Over a period, they became know as “misleading lights”, as the channel became silted up and they no longer led ships clear of the surrounding shoals. They were acquired by Trinity House in 1836 and discontinued in 1863. They were replaced by iron lighthouses, further down the coast in Dovercourt.

The Low Lighthouse depicted is now the local Maritime Museum.

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Opening times: - 1st May to 31st August
10am to 5pm Daily
Cost: - £0.50

Review Helpfulness: 2.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Apr 17, 2003
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