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Leasowe Lighthouse is the oldest surviving brick-built lighthouse in Europe and stands on the Leasowe common in the centre of the North W...

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Mazda_Man Frank, Wirral, England
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Title Wirral's Iconic Leasowe Lighthouse (Artistic application)
Caption Leasowe Lighthouse is the oldest surviving brick-built lighthouse in Europe and stands on the Leasowe common in the centre of the North Wirral Coastal Park. It was built in 1763 by the Mersey Docks and Harbour Board. A chart of 1689 shows no lighthouses or navigational aids so mariners took bearing from Mockbeggar Hall (Leasowe Castle) and buildings on Bidston and Grange Hills. Large vessels would make their way into the Hoyle Lake or the smaller ships, would use the Rock Channel. Towards the end of the 18th Century, the merchants of the rapidly expanding port experienced serious losses due to shipwrecks on treacherous sandbanks of Liverpool Bay. It was at this time that a system of four light towers were built. Leasowe Lighthouse was one of these four lights on the North Wirral Foreshore. The Wallasey Embankment was later constructed between 1829 and 1850 by the Liverpool Corporation following an Act of Parliament, to prevent tides breaking through and joining Wallasey Pool.Originally two lighthouses were built at Hoylake, then a major fishing port, and 2 at Leasowe. The Leasowe lighthouses were called the "Lower Mockbeggar Light" and the "Upper Mockbeggar Light". These two fixed lights, when lined up, provided and ensured a safe passage for ships into the Horse Channel. The “Lower Mockbeggar Light” was built a quarter of a mile out to sea but was washed away during a storm in 1769, only seven years after being constructed. It was replaced by one on Bidston Hill in 1771 (as seen below).Leasowe Lighthouse was built with 660,000 hand-made bricks. The building is circular and all its cavity walls are over a metre thick. The lighthouse is approximately 34 metres tall and is said to have its foundations built on bales of cotton which came from a ship that foundered nearby. Leasowe lighthouse also provided living accommodation for the keepers and their families within its eight rooms. The ground floor was a storeroom, the first floor housed the kitchen and living room, the second floor was used as a bathroom and a sitting room and the three levels above were used as bedrooms. Above that was a room with a domed roof which was said to be the Lumber Room. The top room was known as the Light Room. To access these rooms, the building possessed 130 wooden steps, which gave access to the seven floors. A fire at another lighthouse lead to the wooden steps being replaced with cast iron ones in 1824. The out-buildings comprised of a coach house, stable and hayloft, pigsty, W.C. and wash house. The light was coal fired and converted to oil burning in 1772. It remained an oil burner for the remainder of its operational life.
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