Seashaken Houses – a journey around Britain’s most remote lighthouses

Ushered upwards by labourers clinging to scaffolds or dangling in harnesses, they are feats of engineering, imagination and bravery, built at great financial and human cost. Waves frequently confiscated tools, dismantled masonry and swept workmen away. Although shaped to resist the sea, these unique buildings share something of its mystery and power, and bear witness to the history of our maritime past.

Offshore lighthouses are not like ordinary lighthouses. Over a period spanning four centuries, with Britain’s booming sea trade dogged by shipwrecks and drownings, we undertook to build in the sea itself. Beyond the apparent finality of Britain and Ireland’s coastlines these 170-foot high towers still stand today, raised perilously on underwater reefs and rising mirage-like out of the water. Although no longer inhabited, their chambers still bear signs of the people who once lived in them. But apart from discreet mapping, or the occasional glimpse from a distant ferry, the existence of these isolated sentinels remains unknown to most.

Ahead of his event at Stanfords on Tuesday 16th October, the author of Seashaken Houses: A Lighthouse History from Eddystone to Fastnet, Tom Nancollas takes us to some of the most emblematic surviving offshore lighthouses.  Read More Seashaken Houses – a journey around Britain’s most remote lighthouses

Brittany by boat by Stanfords Maritime

Just a short distance away and with thousands of miles of scenic coastline, Brittany may be your next big summer adventure. When Claude Monet visited the region in 1886 he wrote “I am in a wonderfully wild region, with terrifying rocks and a sea of unbelievable colours”. Here is a selection of our products to help you to navigate the trickier parts of the coast and find many beautiful places to visit along the way. Read More Brittany by boat by Stanfords Maritime

Books and charts for Atlantic Sailing

Planning your next big sailing adventure? We have some new products for the Atlantic Islands and coast of Portugal and Spain to help you plot your route in this amazing part of the world. Read More Books and charts for Atlantic Sailing

Mappy Monday- Stanford’s Chart of the Solent, Spithead and Southampton Water

The Stanford’s Chart of The Solent, Spithead and Southampton Water is one of the most detailed maps from our Edward Stanford Cartographic Collection archive. Read More Mappy Monday- Stanford’s Chart of the Solent, Spithead and Southampton Water