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Beachy Head

Beachy Head is a chalk cliff promontory, rising a hundred and sixty meters above sea level, on the coast of East Sussex, between Hastings and Brighton.

Because of the cliffs Beachy Head was called the Seven Cliffs by eighteenth-century seamen.

It was off Beachy Head that the French fleet defeated a combined English and Dutch fleet in 1690. A lighthouse with a revolving light eighty-six meters above the high water mark was erected on the second cliff to the west of the Head in 1828.


Prepared by: Turnbull, P
Created: 4 October 2001
Modified: 10 December 2003

Published by South Seas, 1 February 2004
Comments, questions, corrections and additions: Paul.Turnbull@jcu.edu.au
Prepared by: Paul Turnbull
Updated: 28 June 2004
To cite this page use: http://nla.gov.au/nla.cs-ss-biogs-P000020

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