Monday, 12 September 2011


The lighthouse in the small seaside town of Withernsea has something in common with the one in Southwold, in that it was built inland, and stands among the houses of the town. The lighthouse is open to visitors as a museum dedicated to the 1950s actress Kay Kendall, who was born very nearby. The resort used to have a pier, but after a succession of collisions with sundry errant sea vessels it was finally closed in the 1930s during the building of sea defences. All that remains now is the strangely medieval looking former entrance to the pier, known as Pier Towers. However, there are other traditional seaside activities in the form of amusement arcades and the Pavilion Leisure Centre which offers a variety of sports and an indoor pool complete with water slide. In 2010, Withernsea was declared the most affordable seaside address in Britain for house prices, at the other end of the spectrum from Cornish glamourpusses Padstow, Fowey and Rock.

Map of the area.

'Rope and posts' photo (c) 2008, ashley BALSAM baz - license:

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