Lighthouse book

Dutchy62
3rd May 2010, 01:29
While on holiday a couple of years back, the memsahib started to read a book about lighthouses called something like 'Landlights, rocks and towers'. She wasn't able to finish the book but would like to do so. Does anyone have any ideas what the book might have been? - author, correct title etc?

treeve
3rd May 2010, 01:53
The question comes to mind .. where was the holiday?

Dutchy62
3rd May 2010, 22:55
Actually, it was on Lundy Island, in a fishermans cottage called Hanmers, on the cliffs. There were some books in a bookcase and she started to read this one but the holiday ended before the book did! Need less to say, she forgot to note the title/author etc.

treeve
3rd May 2010, 23:10
The term landlight is (as far as I know) American, but maybe someone can be more precise. Nitty gritty then, was it hardback? paperback? can you remember the cover colouring? was it about specific lighthouses? can you remember any names of lighthouses? Was it a proper book or a coffee table book? Short of writing to the owners of Hanmers and asking if it is still there, I cannot think of any books with that type of title. There are some excellent free downloads of lighthouse books available, out of copyright. But maybe it was like knitting - full of good yarns?

trotterdotpom
3rd May 2010, 23:10
Was the book about English lights? It could have been "Lighthouses of Trinity House" by Richard Woodman, that would cover mainland, island and rock lighthouses.

John T.

treeve
3rd May 2010, 23:25
Excellent book here about European Lighthouses. 1873. (including British Isles)
http://ia341012.us.archive.org/3/items/reportatourinsp00boargoog/reportatourinsp00boargoog.pdf

treeve
3rd May 2010, 23:35
Lighthouses and Lightships 1913 ....
http://ia331405.us.archive.org/1/items/lightshipslighth00talbuoft/lightshipslighth00talbuoft.pdf

John Dryden
3rd May 2010, 23:45
That would drive me mad leaving a half read book but you could ring the cottage or the owner,or even better go back for another holiday.
JD.

Dutchy62
3rd May 2010, 23:48
Many thanks for the interest and suggestions guys. Apparently it was a paperback about British lighthouses, several of them, not just one. Doesn't remember cover or anything like that. Apparently she has emailed Lundy and has now been told to phone the office at Lundy to see if they can trace it. If this produces any results, I'll report back but I'll show her the downloads as well to see if they ring a bell.

Thanks again.

Dutchy62
3rd May 2010, 23:58
That would drive me mad leaving a half read book but you could ring the cottage or the owner,or even better go back for another holiday.
JD.

It transpires she did finish it but enjoyed it so much would like to read it again and now can't remember the title.

Yes another holiday there would be good - really peaceful - unfortunately, there are not too many places to stay and they get booked up really early so the phonecall option is probably favourite at present.

(Sounds like a promo for Landmark Trust who own the holiday cottages on Lundy - seriously though it is a really restful place for a holiday).

treeve
3rd May 2010, 23:59
Incidentally, a book worth reading in any event is the 1945 Looming Lights by George Goldsmith Carter.

treeve
4th May 2010, 00:19
History and Romance of Lighthouses ... by Hardy, an excellent book
http://ia341227.us.archive.org/1/items/lighthousesthei01hardgoog/lighthousesthei01hardgoog.pdf

Duncan112
4th May 2010, 01:03
Try "The Lighthouse Stevensons" by Bella Bathurst

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Lighthouse-Stevensons-Bella-Bathurst/dp/0006530761

Even if it's not the correct book it's well worth a read.

Duncan

Sister Eleff
4th May 2010, 11:39
Try "The Lighthouse Stevensons" by Bella Bathurst

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Lighthouse-Stevensons-Bella-Bathurst/dp/0006530761

Even if it's not the correct book it's well worth a read.

Duncan

I must agree with you on this book Duncan, fascinating and very enjoyable.

Dutchy62
4th May 2010, 22:49
Yes we have this one but confess I haven't got round to reading it yet.

Co-incidentally, there is an old lighthouse on Lundy Island which was the first light built there, but because it is high up, ships complained that the light disappeared in low cloud, not the best position for a lighthouse! Two replacements were therefore built lower down towards sea level to the north and south of the island.

andysk
6th May 2010, 12:13
Same story at Beachy Head with Belle Tout being hidden in fog/low cloud on top of the cliff, and needing to be replaced by lighthouse at sea level. Which is in itself now slated for closure !

Belle Tout was moved back from the cliff edge a few years ago - see

http://www.timetravel-britain.com/articles/houses/lighthouse.shtml

I was up there a couple of weeks ago, the owner is opening the garden at weekends selling soft drinks etc. A couple of info boards are being made for the site, and a B&B will be opening in the old lighthouse building.

http://lighthouse-news.com/2008/06/02/belle-toute-lighthouse-to-be-bed-and-breakfast/
and
http://www.belletoute.org.uk/

I hasten to add that I have no connexion with Belle Tout other than a frequent walker around there, and a happy bunny to see the site is opening up to the public !