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'Where in London can a lighthouse be seen?'

Answer:

At the old Trinity House depot in Orchard Place, Blackwall.

  • Trinity House is responsible for all lighthouses in England and Wales.
  • The miniature lighthouse in Blackwall was built around 1880, and it was used for the training of prospective lighthouse keepers.
  • Trinity House moved its operations to Harwich in 1988, but the lighthouse still stands.
Training of lighthouse personnel at Orchard Yard.
Trinity House's Orchard Yard in Blackwall.
© National Maritime Museum, London
Repro ID: H3115
Description: The training lighthouse is located at Trinity Buoy Wharf in Blackwall at the entrance to Bow Creek. It dates from about 1880. For many years, bouys, foghorns and lights were also tested at the yard. This role is now undertaken by the Trinity House Operations Control Centre at Harwich. The Corporation of Trinity House closed Trinity Buoy Wharf on 31 December 1988 and sold the site to the London Docklands Development Corporation.
Creator: Unknown
Date: c. 1950
Credit line: National Maritime Museum, London
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