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.