Neil Oliver's Love Letter to the British Isles


71. Saving Lives at Sea, Smalls Lighthouse, Pembrokeshire

Season 1, Ep. 71

This week Neil spends time on one of the most notorious lighthouses in the world – a place with a profound sense of isolation and a dark history.

The British Isles are home to an island race, and to survive and thrive its people have depended on a mastery of the seaways and protection from its dangerous coasts. Ever since King Henry VIII Britain have made lighthouses their own. Dotted around the coastline these engineering marvels have become part of the landscape, sentinels and beacons of hope.

In this episode Neil weaves the history of lighthouses, the story of the courageous lighthouse keepers who protect lives at sea, with the tragic events that took place on Smalls Lighthouse, off the Pembrokeshire coast.

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