Smeaton's Tower, Plymouth (must see)
Construction started in 1756 at a site in Millbay where Smeaton built a jetty and workyard in the south west corner of the harbour for unloading and working the stone. The work was completed in August 1759, at a cost of £40,000. Many of the men employed in the construction were Cornish tin miners, and to avoid the possibility of press ganging, which was rife at the time, Trinity House arranged with the Admiralty in Plymouth that each man was issued with a medal to confirm that they were working on the lighthouse. Smeaton's tower has been a Grade I listed building since 1954. It is open for visitors who may climb the 93 steps, including steep ladders, to the lantern room and see the views of Plymouth Sound and the city.
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Walking Tours in Plymouth, England
Tour Duration: 3 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.6 Km or 3.5 Miles
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Travel Distance: 0.5 Km or 0.3 Miles