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  1. It is over six months ago that my husband and myself travelled up to Yorkshire and visited Spurn Head and the Lighthouse. The opportunity to visit the inside of a spectacular part of what was Trinity House  property was made possible on the weekend we visited. This was because an artist in residence had used the Lighhouse as a base for working on her project. We had instant access in a place which is normally locked away from the public on every other weekend of the year.

     My Great Grand Father was Lighthouse Keeper during  the First World War on Spurn. When we were able to go inside, rather like a door opening on an allotted time in a beautiful arrangement, we walked up the steps and went  within.

    Inside 1

     Looking up the  spiral staircase, which my Great Grand Father must have run up and down in sedate mode and in an Emergency. His hand must have sought out the rail swiftly and probably became very adept at running and reacting to whatever was required of him, especially during the War conditions of 1914 to 1918.

    Inside 2

    Looking back at the open door, we have now entered.

     

    Inside 3

    This is the first window seen from below

    Inside 4

     And the view, which is timeless

  2. My Great Grandfather was a Lighthouse keeper with Trinity House. Trinity House is still the authority which is officially responsible for Lighthouses for England, Wales and other British territorial waters. It still has a huge remit for provision of lighthouses, bouys, light vessels and maritime communication systems.

    Though many things have changed over the past 100 years when my  Great Grandfather was in his prime and still a relatively young man, Trinity House is still  responsible for keeping shipping safe in the waters of the UK. 

    I am proud of my Great  Grandfather's role in keeping many lives safe for over 30 years. He trained in the Blackwall Experimental Lighthouse in London in 1897. He learned the skills of how to fuel the  Light, clean the glass, understand the machinery and choose the different fog signals.

    He then went on to criss cross the United Kingdom in service to Trinity House. His first job was on the Wolf Rock, between Scilly and Land's End, a treacherous,remote rock shaped like a wolf's Head. He then went to Spurn, after that was likely to have been posted to the  Plymouth Breakwater, then Flatholm in the Bristol Channel. He returned to Spurn in Yorkshire with his large family to serve there during the First World War.  In the 1920's he was on Lundy North, moved to Lundy South and then was Principal keeper back on Lundy North in the Bristol channel, until he retired. He lived the rest of his days in Lelant in Cornwall, growing tomatoes and grapes and being a kindly, wise grandfather to his grandchildren, one of which was my father.

    My Great  Grandfather was in the business of saving people from the storms in the wild seas around this county. He did a job which was  largely unrecognised by those he kept safe. He continued in his  working life doing his many duties which came together to create a vital imprint on the fabric of this county, like all the many thousands of Lighhouse keepers.

    Before I began to research my Great Grandfather's places of service and his history, I would collect memorabilia on Lighthouses. I even made a Lighthouse based on The Bishop Rock , because everyone believed that he had been on the Bishop Rock.  A song, which reminded me of my Great Grandfather's specialised profession was  written by the Scottish band Runrig, called Lighthouse.  It has a Christian theme, I feel .This is because the Christian is also a Light house Keeper.

     

    Lighthouse

     

     

     

     

    Lighthouse  by Runrig 

     


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