When Smeaton’s Pier in St Ives was extended by 100 metres in the 1890s, it left the old lighthouse stranded in the middle of the new extended structure.
Its the reason St Ives has two lighthouses; with the old pier ending where the shorter, original lighthouse stands a new more utilitarian 9 metre tall replacement was built to in its stead at the new jetty’s end.
The pier is named after John Smeaton, whose revolutionary design made building a lighthouse on the daunting Eddystone rocks possible and who was responsible for the pier amongst many other engineering accomplishments.
Smeaton’s pier has a reservoir at its base that fills up at high tide to reduce wave action in the harbour and its 3 arches were designed to circulate seawater to prevent the build-up of sand.
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