#79 - Admire the view from an abandoned lighthouse
Isle Of Wight
AboutDespite being someway inland, St. Catherine’s Oratory’ – or ‘The Pepperpot’ - is a former lighthouse which saved sailors for more than two centuries.
Its history began in the 14th century when a local Lord faced punishment from the Pope for stealing shipwrecked communion wine. His penance was to build the 12 metre high lighthouse, which had an oratory attached to keep the light shining.
After the Reformation, the light went out for the last time and the lighthouse eventually stood alone on the clifftop.
In the mid 19th century, the modern day St Catherine’s Lighthouse was built and still provides a light for passing ships on the Island’s south coast.
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