A good photograph is knowing where to stand - Ansel Adams


More than almost any other coastal building, a lighthouse can be virtually guaranteed to have an associated story. In some cases, it may be a tale of the dying breed of lighthouse keepers and of a struggle for survival in the face of modernisation. In others, a story of disasters narrowly averted, and lives saved. All too often however, it is a tale of tragedy at sea to which the light owes it's very existence.

St Mary's Lighthouse, Whitley Bay (1 of 6). St Mary's Lighthouse has a long and often bloody history. From shipwecks and smugglers, to cholera outbreaks and even a gibbeting, this is a location that seen more than it's fair share of drama.

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