“We were first introduced to the Landmark Trust in 1975, when on a day trip to Lundy aboard the M.V. Balmoral from Swansea. We returned to Lundy for several holidays, and of course began our association with Landmark. I think we chalked up 58 visits to various properties, but such numbers are irrelevant. It is the quality of the experience that counts. Our visits to Lundy have always been rather special, so I would like Peter’s money to be used to keep it that way." - Margaret Williams
2012 brought the long-awaited restoration of the Lantern room at the top of the Old Light on Lundy thanks to a generous legacy from Mr Peter Williams of Suffolk.
One of Lundy’s most iconic buildings, the Old Light was built in 1819, but due to its elevated location, it suffered from low cloud and fog and was eventually replaced.
Today it’s a beacon for island visitors with the tower open to the public offering spectacular 360° views of the island from the lantern room. A listed building and Scheduled Monument constructed mainly of cast iron sections with a copper roof, restoration of the lantern room required specialist access and attention to detail. To tackle the intricate works, contractors who normally service lighthouses for Trinity House were engaged to complete the works. The work was carried out in the spring and fine weather prevailed (mostly!) for the six weeks required to restore the lantern room back to its former glory.
The Old Light, before, during and after the restoration.
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