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Many thanks to Paul Doleman for sending me this excellent photograph featuring the Lower Lighthouse. We’ve seen photos of the lower lighthouse before but personally this is the best ones I’ve come across as most depict a view from the other angle, facing to Meols rather than Kings Gap. This older photo published last year was taken from the beach.
Obviously to the right of the photo is the original Hoylake Lifeboat Station, but what were the other buildings (I know the Winter Gardens cinema was behind the Station)? Is the Keepers cottage out of view (apart from the chimney pots) behind the lighthouse?
I’m not 100% sure but I think this lighthouse was deactivated in 1908 and was demolished in 1922. Originally a wooden structure, the Lower Lighthouse was rebuilt in brick, twice over a period of years I gather.