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OLD LOW LIGHT

ALTERNATIVE NAME:  LOW LIGHT
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Old Low Light, Cliffords Fort. This building replaced (or was remodelled) an earlier structure which was built 1539. That building was then enclosed by Clifford’s Fort in 1672. By 1686 this low light had become ruinous. The present extant structure was built circa 1727-33 as a lighthouse and comprised a 6-bay, two-storey brick building with a single light window central to its ashlar-built east gable. The building was raised by a storey and extended in 1775. By 1805 it became redundant as the lights were no longer practicable. New Low and High lights were constructed (see record 26512) 1808-10.
The lantern turret of low light was removed to make way for an additional storey. It was converted to almshouses 1830 and then a warehouse and cold store. Later it was the training establishment for the deep sea fisheries association and most recently the Maritime Service Volunteers, who left in 2011. It is under refurbishment (2014). Listed.

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