The History of the lighthouse

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Famous names at the lighthouse

Michael Faraday

Michael Faraday the eminent Victorian scientist 

Michael Faraday was one of the most influential scientists in the world. In his role as scientific adviser to Trinity House, he would transform their lighthouses into the most technologically advanced in the world.

Guglielmo Marconi

Making the world smaller 

Guglielmo Marconi did some of the world's first radio experiments at South Foreland Lighthouse including the first ship to shore wireless transmission and the first international wireless transmission in 1899.

James Walker

A famous Victorian 

James Walker was an eminent Victorian engineer who worked on many civil engineering projects across Britain, he also designed both lighthouses at South Foreland and was chief engineer for Trinity House for 38 years.

Step into history

Why not discover this history of the remarkable building for yourself? You can take a tour of the lighthouse with one of our knowledgeable guides and see the role the lighthouse played in through the ages.