Lighthouses (Shire Album): No.312 (Shire Album S.)

Lighthouses (Shire Album): No.312 (Shire Album S.)

by LynnF.Pearson (Author)


The story of the lighthouse is as fascinating and diverse as the design of the buildings themselves. Roman and medieval attempts to help seafarers navigate, using beacons and other seamarks, preceded elegant Georgian lights, followed in the nineteenth century by huge rock-based lighthouses such as Eddystone, which were great feats of Victorian civil engineering. This book relates the story of their construction, often undertaken in desparately dangerous and stormy conditions, looks at the lives of their keepers, and considers how automation has changed the modern lighthouse. A gazetteer gives brief details of over 160 lights around the coasts of Great Britain and Ireland.


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Format: Paperback
Pages: 48
Edition: 2
Publisher: Shire Publications
Published: 01 Apr 2003

ISBN 10: 0747805563
ISBN 13: 9780747805564

Author Bio
Lynn F. Pearson is an architectural historian and photographer specializing in research on unheralded structures from seaside architecture to multi-story car parks and mausoleums. She has published fourteen books, including: Piers and Other Seaside Architecture, Amusement Machines, and Mausoleums.