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North Foreland Lighthouse

North Foreland Lighthouse

Medium: Watercolour

Date: 1800

Shelfmark: K Top Vol 18

Item number: 24b

Length: 25.8

Width: 31.7

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Topographical Drawing

Watercolour of North Foreland light house in Kent with part of Kingsgate. This was built in the late 17th century and heightened in 1793. At this time flint and brick facing was hidden by white render. It is a short, thick tower of two octagonal stages with a white recessed lantern. The lantern was original fired by coal, then changed to oil lamps A diary of John Rennie in 1789 commented "This is an octagonal building about 25 or 30 feet dia, and as I was told 62 feet high to the Chausser which is placed on a platform about 5 or 6 feet less than inside. There is on one side of the building a well hole for raising coals from the Coal Yard and on the other side a winding stair to the top

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