Wednesday, 13 May 2009

As promised, the photos of Linton Lighthouse....

Here you see, in all it's glory, the truly inspiring edifice that is Linton Lighthouse, standing proud above the seas of oil-seed-rape.

My chum Jules, an ex-Linton resident, has commented that this structure actually dates from the 1930's, is a water tower, and has absolutely nothing to do with the Marquis of Abergavenny.

The first part of the comment is partly true: Having been used since 1871 by local farmers as Europe's first (and as far as I know, only) multi-storey cow-shed, the lighthouse building was converted to its rather prosaic use as a watertower in 1936-7.

However, the good Marquis was in every respect responsible for the original structure and its planned use as a lighthouse. This may have helped give rise to his affectionate nickname, "Bonkers" Abergavenny.......

There is a fine statue of him in the grounds of Chilford Hall Vineyard. A photo of this will follow as proof, so that we can lay any future debate about this to rest.

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