Plan of Spurn Point lighthouse floors, c 1785.
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Engraving of 1785 by J Record showing a sectioned plan of the floors in the Spurn Point lighthouse. Designed by the English civil engineer John Smeaton (1724-1792) in 1767, this lighthouse was built between 1772 and 1777 at Spurn Point, on the mouth of the river Humber in the East Riding of Yorkshire. Following his revolutionary design for the Eddystone lighthouse in 1756, which set a precedent for later lighthouse engineers by being built completely of stone, Smeaton was much in demand for his skills as an engineer.