Early view of Scarborough harbour and lighthouse

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An early picture of Scarborough Harbour with Scarborough lighthouse in the distance.

Scarborough’s first lighthouse was ordered to be built by the harbour commissioners at a meeting they held at the Bull Inn in September 1806. At first, a coal brazier was used on the top platform but was soon found to be impractical and was replaced by six tallow candles set in a tin behind a window. A watchman stood by to renew or relight the candles.

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