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Happisburgh Lighthouse on Phil Spencer’s History of Britain in 100 Homes TV series

The iconic Happisburgh Lighthouse features in a TV series. Picture: Stephen Burke

The iconic Happisburgh Lighthouse features in a TV series. Picture: Stephen Burke

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It’s already a British TV regular and Happisburgh Lighthouse is set to be featured again.

Free-to-air channel, More 4 will showcase the iconic building and one of the privately owned lighthouse cottages in episode three of Phil Spencer’s History of Britain in 100 Homes, which will be broadcast at 9pm on Wednesday, February 13.

Raising the Roof Productions, producers of the programme, said: “It’s no secret that Phil Spencer has a penchant for property, so he’s the perfect man to uncover the secrets of some of the country’s most beautiful houses to tell the history of Britain in 100 specially chosen homes.

“In each episode, Phil will visit a range of houses, meet current residents and reveal secrets from the past.

“From caves and hovels to castles and mansions, it’s a feast of fascinating houses from all corners of th UK, giving us a peak behind the curtains of some of the country’s most beautiful and ground-breaking homes.

“Along the way, Phil will open the door to an array of properties spanning lighthouses, cottages, Victorian villas, almshouses, prefabs, Art Deco super-homes and all forms of social housing. It really is an eye-opening look at how our homes have shaped Britain and how Britain has, in turn, helped shaped our homes.”

Stephen Burke, from Friends of Happisburgh Lighthouse, said: “There is so much history at Happisburgh Lighthouse.

“Opened in 1791, it’s the oldest working lighthouse in East Anglia and the only independently run working lighthouse in the UK.

“The lighthouse is 85ft tall and its iconic red and white bands were repainted in 2018. It is also very much part of the future of Happisburgh, attracting visitors to the village and continuing to guide the mariner.”

In the last year the lighthouse has been featured on TV programmes as diverse as James Martin’s Saturday Morning, Escape to the Country, Village of the Year, Homes under the Hammer, and Sky Arts Landscape Painter of the Year.

Public open days resume on Easter Sunday and Monday and the May bank holiday weekends. Private visits can also be arranged - call Mr Burke on 01692 650816.

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