Fleetwood is unique because it is the only town in the United
Kingdom to possess three lighthouses.
Two are actually located within the town itself, and are still
The third - Wyre Light - is unique since it was the first
screw pile lighthouse to be built and lit in Great Britain.
The Lower Lighthouse was designed in 1840 by Sir
Decimus Burton, the architect responsible for much of early Fleetwood.
The light from the Lower Lighthouse is 30
feet above the watermark and can be seen for 9 miles
The Upper Lighthouse, usually referred to as the
Pharos Lighthouse (after the wonder of the Ancient World), was also
built in 1840. There are107 steps and a 10 foot ladder
to the top.
The Upper Lighthouse is 90 feet above
the high water mark and visible for 13 miles.
It is still in operation today.
Wyre Light was built in 1840 by Alexander Mitchell, a blind engineer
and rests upon 7 screw piles sunk into the seabed at the northern edge of
, the sandbank stretching from Fleetwood to the edge of Lune
Deeps in Morecambe Bay. Unfortunately, Wyre Light has been allowed to fall into
a state of disrepair with no-one wanting to take responsibility for such an
important piece of early Victorian engineering. A very similar lighthouse
exists in the
As can be seen from this picture the Upper
can be seen behind the Lower Lighthouse. The relationship between
the two lighthouses was quite deliberate. The nature of the channel into Fleetwood
is such that when the Upper Lighthouse is seen directly above the
Lower Lighthouse by any approaching ship the captain knows that the
ship is safely in the channel.
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