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A light was first exhibited at North Foreland, Broadstairs in 1499, but the first real lighthouse was built by Sir John Meldrum in 1636. The lighthouse consisted of a two storey octagonal tower made of timber, lath and plaster with an iron coal burning grate on top. This tower was destroyed by fire in 1683.
A temporary measure of a single candle in a lantern hoisted on a pole proved, not surprisingly, ineffective and the present structure was built in 1691; originally the tower was 12 metres tall constructed of brick, stone and flint. In 1698 the lighthouse is recorded as using 100 tons of coal a year.
North Foreland Lighthouse came into the hands of the Trustees of Greenwich Hospital in 1719, they used the surplus from the light dues for the upkeep of the hospital for the benefit of seamen. They enclosed the fire in a glazed lantern in 1719 but this was removed in 1730 after complaints from shipping. In 1793 a further two storeys were added to the tower and the coal fire was replaced by 18 oil lamps.
Trinity House purchased the lighthouse in 1832. In 1890 a separate room known as the lantern house, was built on to the top of the tower to accommodate the light.
North Foreland Lighthouse Weather Forecast
Light rain tomorrow and Saturday, with temperatures falling to 17°C on Saturday.Light rain overnight.Today's Forecast
13->228% 41% 1 mph
4:48 am 8:57 pmLight rain in the morning.Monday, May 29th
14->2457% 44% 4 mph
4:47 am 8:58 pmPartly cloudy until evening.Tuesday, May 30th
13->210% 35% 11 mph
4:46 am 9:00 pmClear throughout the day.Wednesday, May 31st
13->200% 9% 1 mph
4:45 am 9:01 pmClear throughout the day.Thursday, Jun 1st
12->200% 0% 9 mph
4:44 am 9:02 pmMostly cloudy throughout the day.Friday, Jun 2nd
13->170% 64% 9 mph
4:44 am 9:03 pmLight rain until afternoon.Saturday, Jun 3rd
13->1765% 64% 8 mph
4:43 am 9:04 pmDrizzle overnight.Sunday, Jun 4th
13->1815% 17% 4 mph
4:42 am 9:05 pm
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