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East Lighthouse

Sutton Bridge, Lincolnshire

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Former home of Sir Peter Scott, and the base for the original small wildlife reserve prior to the development of the larger one at Slimbridge.

See Slimbridge WWT, Gloucestershire

The East Lighthouse is a lighthouse at Sutton Bridge. It was built, along with its twin on the west bank of the River Nene, in 1831 to commemorate the opening of the Nene outfall cut.

These were never functioning lighthouses and were merely markers to guide ships into the cut.

Before the Second World War, the East Lighthouse was inhabited by the naturalist and artist Sir Peter Scott who bought a large area of the Ouse Washes and established a nature reserve of what is now the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust. Whilst there, he spent much of his time painting the geese that flew in from the adjoining marshland. The small nature reserve for wildfowl which he set up here was the predecessor to a much larger one at Slimbridge in Gloucestershire.

The lighthouse has since been used by the Fenland Wildfowlers Association.

Both the lighthouses are private houses now.

East Lighthouse  Photo by Evelyn Simak

West Lighthouse

The West Lighthouse was built in 1881, as was his twin on the other side of the river - the East lighthouse. The building was never used as a functioning lighthouse but rather a landmark for ships entering the River Nene from the sea. West lighthouse is a private dwelling. The jetty below is for HM Customs.

West Lighthouse Photo by Evelyn Simak

The two lighthouses are very similar if not identical.

Another photo of the West Lighthouse  Photo from Wikipedia

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East Lighthouse, Sutton Bridge, Lincolnshire

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two lighthouses are now houses

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never functioning lighthouses, more markers.

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now privately owned houses

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can be seen from river bank



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Slimbridge WWT, Gloucestershire



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