NOSTALGIA: Construction photos of Royal Sovereign Lighthouse

Following the news that the Royal Sovereign Lighthouse off the coast of Eastbourne is to be decommissioned and removed from the seabed, reader Ken Richardson has sent in a collection of photographs showing the construction of the landmark.

Tuesday, 2nd July 2019, 10:47 am
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Ken writes, “I thought people would be interested in the photos I took during its construction on the beach east of the ferry terminal in Newhaven.

“I believe I am correct when I say that the base was hollow in construction, towed out on the surface into position then flooded.”

Trinity House owns the lighthouse, a prominent landmark almost seven miles out to sea since 1971, and has taken the decision to remove it due to the structure’s deterioration.

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Work will begin to take the lighthouse apart in 2020.

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