Q & A
Welcome to the
Belle Toute Lighthouse Information Resource
by Rob Wassell
In 2007 I formed the Belle Tout Lighthouse Preservation
Trust in the
hope of raising money to buy and acquire the old
lighthouse at Beachy Head to open it as a tourist
attraction and bed and breakfast.
After much publicity and a relative amount of success,
unfortunately, the trust lost out to a private buyer in
This website contains a record of what I tried to
achieve and is a testament to a unique building with heaps
of character that is rich in history that resides in one of the
most beautiful locations in the country.
Please help us keep the Beachy Head Lighthouse stripes
Last year it was made public that Trinity House had decided
not to re-paint the Beachy Head Lighthouse and allow it to
slowly fade to its original light grey granite colour.
The news that this world-famous and iconic lighthouse would
lose its unmistakable red and white livery has caused some
Read more at my new
Beachy Head Lighthouse website and support it in any way
that you can.
The Story of the Belle Tout Lighthouse
Belle Tout has a fascinating history, from our Neolithic ancestors and Roman farming, through to
the brave acts of Parson Darby and "Mad Jack" Fuller's
influence that led to the first temporary lighthouse being
built. The Belle Tout lighthouse was built in 1832 and
decommissioned in 1902, it has been a tea-shop, a home,
partly destroyed during the second world war and lovingly
rebuilt in the 50ís. Owned and filmed by the BBC, moved due
to erosion - and now, Belle Tout has been beautifully
renovated and refurbished.
The book is printed in full colour, with 44 pages and 99 pictures, some
rarely seen before by most people. Itís an interesting and
captivating tale of one of Britainís most unique buildings.
Click here for
more information and to
To celebrate the launch of my book, I ran a competition to reflect the historical significance of the
location of Belle Tout. The lucky winners could receive either a
Neolithic arrow-head (approximately 4000 years old) or a
Roman coin (circa 400AD) Ė genuine history that you can hold in your very
Frequently Asked Questions
How old is the Belle Tout Lighthouse?
Why is Tout sometimes spelt Toute and other times Tout?
When was the old Belle Tout Lighthouse decommissioned?
When did the move the lighthouse?
How far did they move the lighthouse back?
How fast is the chalk cliff at Beachy Head eroding?
Will the Belle Tout Lighthouse need to be moved again?
These questions and more are answered in the
Belle Tout Q & A section.
About the trust and its original plans
If you would like to find out more information about the
original trust and what its plans were for Belle Toute
then find out more about the Trust.
A great big thank you
We would like to thank everyone who was involved to help
us get to where we did, we couldn't have done it without
you. We would like these people who have helped us
to be known and you can find out more on the
thank you page.
The Builder Boys Charity Calendar
I was the official photographer and designer for the
calendar to support Everyman for Cancer Research. Find
out more about this exciting and fun project on the
Belle Tout website.
Photographs and Prints
Coming soon - a range of photographs and prints
available to buy online.
The Belle Tout Hotel
If you're looking for the official website for the
Belle Tout Hotel Click Here.
The Story of the Belle Tout Lighthouse by Rob
The Story of the Beachy Head Lighthouse by Rob Wassell -
one sale now
Pharology (named after Pharos, the famed lighthouse of
Alexandria) is the study of lighthouses and signal
lights. Those who study lighthouses are known as
An eroding coastline
Did you know that the fragile chalk cliffs of Beachy
eroding at an average rate of 60 centimetres per
Can you help me?
I am currently writing another book about Belle Tout
and I am looking for people to help with information,
pictures, photographs, postcards, anecdotes and stories
about anything to do with Belle Tout.
I will cover any and all costs and ensure that you have
a credit in what will be a unique publication that will
be a part of Belle Tout's future history.