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Seaton High Light

Details about Seaton High Light

The Seaton Lowlight and Highlight Lighthouses were built in 1838 and opened in 1839.

The Lowlight stood at the end of Queen Street near the Staincliffe. It displayed a red light. It was demolished between 1900 and 1902 during a road widening scheme to allow the coastal tramway to pass.

The Highlight displayed a fixed white light. It was originally situated 1,189 yards (1,087 m) inland at the end of Windermere Road in what is now the Longhill Industrial Estate. It was a 70 feet (21m) tall Tuscan column of sandstone with the base at a height of 89 feet (27 m) above mean high tide. It contained a newel helical stair lit by slit windows between the masonry blocks. Locals called it the Longhills LighthouseWith the Lowlight gone it stood unused and was eventually surrounded by the Bachelor Robertson tin works which opened in 1916. It was made a listed Grade II building in 1985 due to its architectural significance. It was gifted to Hartlepool Borough Council (who hold it in the public trust) in 1995 and moved by the Teesside Development Corporation to its current site on Jacksons Landing.

Lowlights and Highlights were very important safety innovations in the 18th and 19th Century. Fishing vessels coming in to shore would align up on the two lights and keep them together as they approached on a safe route into land. This is why the lights needed to be placed some distance apart. They tended to be replaced by modern electric lights from the 1880s. 


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