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Langness Lighthouse.

Langness Lighthouse, all 63 feet of it, and cottages were bought by Top Gear presenter Jeremy Clarkson and his wife in 2005 to use as a holiday home. The area surrounding the lighthouse is vast, 30 acres, and is a public right of way with plenty of walking which takes you round the surrounding rocks and up onto penninsula. The area which goes round behind the lighthouse has been the subject of a well publicised legal wrangle.
The name Langness means Long Point and after much debate as to whether a lighthouse was needed at langness, Trinity House fineally agreed for the go ahead of a lighthouse, engine house for a fog signal and dwelling cottages to house 3 keepers. Mr Matheson was appointed inspector of works on 18th June 1879. The lighthouse tower was completed ahead of schedule and the light was first exhibited on Wednesday, December 1880. Many changes have occurred since then. The fog signal was discontinued in 1987 and the lighthouse was automated in 1996.

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Camera Obscura Douglas Isle of Man

This is the famous Camera Obscura on Douglas Head. There is no power involved in making it work, its all done using 11 lenses which gives 11 moving colour pictures of the surrounding headland. It was opened in the 1890’s and was once considered a popular form of fun and entertainment.

Camera Obscura on Douglas Head © www.iomphotography.com