Join us at Stanfords as Tom Nancollas takes us to some of the most emblematic surviving offshore lighthouses.
Ushered upwards by labourers clinging to scaffolds or dangling in harnesses, they are feats of engineering, imagination and bravery, built at great financial and human cost. Waves frequently confiscated tools, dismantled masonry and swept workmen away. Although shaped to resist the sea, these unique buildings share something of its mystery and power, and bear witness to the history of our maritime past.
Offshore lighthouses are not like ordinary lighthouses. Over a period spanning four centuries, with Britain’s booming sea trade dogged by shipwrecks and drownings, we undertook to build in the sea itself. Beyond the apparent finality of Britain and Ireland’s coastlines these 170-foot high towers still stand today, raised perilously on underwater reefs and rising mirage-like out of the water. Although no longer inhabited, their chambers still bear signs of the people who once lived in them. But apart from discreet mapping, or the occasional glimpse from a distant ferry, the existence of these isolated sentinels remains unknown to most.
Redeemable against the cost of
Seashaken Houses: A Lighthouse History from Eddystone to Fastnet
by Tom Nancollas.
Includes a glass of wine / soft drink.
Tom Nancollas © Phil Fisk
About the Author
Born in 1988, Tom Nancollas is a building conservationist based in London. While writing, Tom discovered he was following in the wake of an ancestor who had visited Eddystone lighthouse before him – as a labourer, tasked with dismantling the old lighthouse. Having worked with English Heritage on church repair grants, Tom now works with the City of London and its historic townscapes. Seashaken Houses is his first book.
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Reserve tickets at this website2018-10-16 18:30 2018-10-16 18:30 Europe/London Seashaken Houses: A Lighthouse History from Eddystone to Fastnet Tom Nancollas takes us to some of the most emblematic surviving offshore lighthouses. https://www.ianvisits.co.uk/calendar/2018/10/16/seashaken-houses-a-lighthouse-history-from-eddystone-to-fastnet-180476 Stanfords,12-14 Long Acre,,London