During this holiday we went out to several Lighthouses, Which is a fascination of Ireen. One of which was the one near Dungeness. It was nice, but the surroundings were a bit... unexpected I would say.
Also there was a kind of mini railway.
The Old Lighthouse is an Historic building, listed in 1992 by Shepway District Council, recently celebrating its centenary.
Opened with great ceremony by His Royal Majesty the Prince of Wales in 1904 after a 3 year build, it survived two world wars before decommission in 1960.
For 56 years it provided a welcome landlight to vessels negotiating the perils of the English Channel. The Lighthouse features in Nickolaus Pevsner's famous "Buildings of Kent".
This imposing building is almost 46 metres high to the top of the weather vane, 11 metres in diameter and constructed of engineering bricks with sandstone inner walls. Over three million bricks were used to build the structure. Internally there are a series of mezzanine floors made of slate and supported by steel beams and massive rivets. Each floor is linked by circular concrete stairs which hug the walls and have decorative wrought iron banisters. There are cambered casement viewing windows on all floors.
The Romney, Hythe and Dymchurch Railway was the dream of millionaire racing drivers Captain J.E.P. Howey and Count Louis Zborowski.
It was constructed during the 1920s and opened on 16 July 1927,
As well as being a tourist attraction, this railway is also a public service between the small towns and villages between Hythe and Dungeness and is under contract to the local council to transport children to and from Marsh Academy in New Romney. The railway is currently actively expanding its role as part of the public transport network;
After that we went to Rye. See also Part 3
Music by Elbow.
Sorry for the awful vignetting
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