Twin Lighthouses, Sutton Bridge, Lincolnshire

I had forgotten that I had taken photos of the twin lighthouses at Sutton Bridge, Lincolnshire, in 2015.  They were built, on the banks of the mouth of the River Nene in 1831 and designed by John Rennie, the architect of Waterloo Bridge and were originally built to commemorate the draining of the Great Fens and at that time the new entrance to the mouth of the River Nene.  The River Nene had been an important navigation for shipping and if a high tide occurred after dark, they were lit for approximately one and a half hours before and after high tide to guide ships through the sand banks and into the river. 

The lighthouse above, is on the west bank and now a private residence, but the one on the east bank, which is also private, has a little more history.

The east bank lighthouse has a fascinating history and was the home of the artist and conservationist, Sir Peter Scott, from 1933-39.  It is very likely that he began to formulate his ideas of conservation and wildlife at this time, as he adored the seclusion and peace.  The lighthouse was also used by Paul Gallico in his The Snow Goose story.  

From the lighthouse, there is the start of the Sir Peter Scott walk to King’s Lynn, or the reverse, this is about ten miles and is something on our wish list to do…..in the future. 

 

 

 

10 comments

  1. Interesting history. I don’t think I’ve ever seen two lighthouses so close together before. Certainly indicates an important (or dangerous) passage. Great photos. 🙂

    1. Thank you Pat. We keep meaning to do some of the walk and take some close photos of the lighthouses, but so many other things happen. They do look lovey across the fens, with the sunshine on them, something that we haven’t seen for a little while 😦 never mind, its not cold, just wet and windy 🙂

      1. They’ve always said about the Chicago area, “If you don’t like the weather, just wait a day or two.” It’s really living up to that this summer. Can’t tell what to expect. Hope you get some sun!

      2. Yes, no two days are the same at the moment. I am trying to make a garden for all my ferns that I have had in pots, but the ground is so wet, it’s turning into a bog, so I will have to leave at the moment to try and dry out, so I stop sinking into it lol 🙂

    1. Thanks Marcus, I can send you so much breeze, you would get swept away……very strange here at the moment, sun is shining, but it is blowing a gale, the poor garden is taking quite a beating 😦 Lynne

  2. I found you lovely blog when looking for information on grave stones, churches and grave yards are my latest interest at the moment.
    You take amazing photos and you always have something interesting to say.
    Nice to see the two lighthouses together, wish I was right there now!
    Amanda xx

    1. Hi Amanda,
      Lovely to hear from someone who is into churches etc and glad you like the photos. I do try to make it a little interesting, instead of just the photos on their own.
      It’s such a lovely spot where the lighthouses are, really peaceful.
      Please keep watching as I have a load of posts to do on churches and graveyards, its just finding the time to do them 🙂
      Lynne xx

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