Dungeness Lighthouses - Kent
At first only a beacon was used to give warning to sailors, but this gave way to a proper lighthouse during the reign of James I in 1615. As the sea retreated, this had to be replaced in 1635 by a new lighthouse nearer to the water's edge. As more shingle was thrown up, a new and more up-to-date lighthouse was built near the sea in 1792. In the background is lighthouse number four commissioned in 1901; then in 1961 its modern successor, the black and white lighthouse number five, was commissioned and the 1901 Old Lighthouse became a tourist attraction. Its 169 steps give visitors a bird's eye view of the shingle beach.