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The Higher Lighthouse

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The above image is copyright Dorset County Council 2000 and is reproduced here with permission .

The dominating feature of this part of Portland is the Old Higher Lighthouse which stands high above the cliffs alongside the Coastguard Lookout.

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This has undergone extensive changes to the tower since operations started in 1716. It was coal fired until 1788. The Comben family, who ran the lamp from 1716, had to haul the coal across fields from Easton - a terrible task in the winter and not much fun in summertime!

In 1906 the house was sold for 405 and in the 1920s it became the home of Marie Stopes a pioneer of birth control. Click here to see old pictures of the lighthouse when owned by Marie Stopes.

In the 1960s it was a restaurant and is now a private house - please click here.

Please click here for a picture of the lighthouse early in the 20th century taken from this same viewpoint.

The above picture was taken in 1990 and the pictures at left in 2007.

 

At right we see a Portland stone animal drinking trough tipped over and standing outside the Upper Lighthouse in August 1990 but gone a few years later.

Has it survived or been destroyed like so many other ancient troughs? This one was probably mid-Victorian like the one pictured elsewhere 680690

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