Lighthouse Automation Programme
Event From 1982 To 21/10/1998
The conversion to automatic operation of all the lighthouses and light vessels. The last one to be done (perfectly timed to occur on Trafalgar Day) was North Foreland Light in Kent. For the 400 years previous, Lighthouse Keepers and their colleagues in the Light Vessel Service had provided the manual operation. The first lighthouse was built at Lowestoft in 1609.