|Beachy Head lighthouse under construction
is a chalk headland
on the south coast of England
, close to the town of Eastbourne
in the county of East Sussex
. The cliff
there is the highest chalk sea cliff in Britain, rising to 162 m
) above sea level
The prominence of Beachy Head has always made it a landmark for sailors in the English Channel. It is noted as such in the sea shanty Spanish Ladies:
- The first land we sighted was called the Dodman,
- Next Rame Head off Plymouth, off Portsmouth the Wight;
- We sailed by Beachy, by Fairlight and Dover,
- And then we bore up for the South Foreland light.
It was also a danger to shipping. The famous Belle Tout lighthouse built in 1831 is located near the edge of the cliff. It was moved more than 17 m
) further inland in 1999
due to cliff erosion
It was superseded by the newer Beachy Head Lighthouse built in the sea below.
Beachy Head is notorious as a popular location for people to commit suicide.
The Battle of Beachy Head, 1690, was a naval engagement during the War of the Grand Alliance