Henry Winstanley and the Eddystone Lighthouse


Of the authors, Hart-Davis is well known to British television audiences as the presenter of popular science and technology programmes, for Troscianko, this is a first book. The story of Winstanley and the Eddistone Light is fascinating for several reasons. By any standard, building a structure of any kind on Eddystone Reef is a major achievement. Only two rocks are visible at high tide and today, one supports the current Eddystone Lighthouse, topped with a helicopter landing platform, and the other supports Smeatons Stump. Of Winstanley’s lighthouse there is no trace, it having been swept away in a dreadful storm in November 1703, taking Winstanley with it



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