It is somewhat strange that whilst light-towers or lighthouses have been in existence, certainly since the time of the early Pharaohs, and Scarborough was regarded as a thriving and prosperous sea-port since the mid-thirteenth century, and by Elizabethan times an important naval base, there appears to be no record of a lighthouse in Scarborough until the start of the nineteenth century.

A Roman signal station was erected on Castle Hill in about the year 350 and remained there for about 50 years but that appears to be it.

A port since Viking times and certainly having a pier in Elizabethan times. Queen Elizabeth funded improvements to the pier in view of Scarborough’s then importance as a naval base, defended by Scarborough Castle, it was not until the reign of George 11 that there was any real effort to create a proper harbour.

In 1752 the present inner (Vincents) Pier was completed but still there are no records of any form of light tower or lighthouse at this time.

It was in the nineteenth century that lighthouse building became particularly popular, both Nationally and Internationally.

Scarborough Lighthouse – why solid oak flooring was an excellent choice

Solid oak flooring can be found everywhere these days from homes to halls to lighthouses. You might not think it but Scarborough Lighthouse attracts thousands of visitors every year, so the choice of what type of flooring material to use is a crucial one. We had a number of materials in mind but it’s important to keep public businesses open with the minimum amount of down days, so solid oak flooring became the obvious choice. Materials such as tiles and pure solid concrete were also considered but in the end, due to the price and budget that we had to spend, we felt that we had made the right choice with engineered oak.

The reason that solid oak flooring was so attractive to us

lighthouse solid oak flooring

One of the main advantages to using solid oak flooring and oak parquet flooring is that it is incredibly hard wearing, meaning that it should last for years to come. The last thing that any publicly run building such as a lighthouse wants is to have to do a big job like replacing the wooden flooring more than once. Not only would this eat up a lot of time but it would also severely reduce revenue too if the replacement needs to be done on the busier summer months.

Make no mistake though and oak wood floor does need looking after. At least one a year we are going to need to treat and stain it with various oak care products. This type of maintenance is fairly run of the mill though and to be expected if you want your oak to last and not crack under the strain of a great deal of footfall. Real oak floors actually work out to be pretty affordable too compared to other types of flooring. Tiles will typically set you back thousands of pounds more than their wooden counterpart, especially if you want to buy quality.

Scarborough Lighthouse – Why cheap wallpaper was an excellent choice


Cheap wallpaper can be a false economy if bought from the wrong source, so when decorating a public space like a lighthouse where a great deal of people are going to get to see the indoor wall decorations, the choice is more crucial than ever. Having spent money on our flooring, we were very careful to choose the right wallpaper direct for the right price. Some cheap wallpaper that we checked out when shopping around for different styles looked to be a little too discount looking for us if you catch our meaning. We wanted a wallpaper that would not only be affordable but one that would stand the test of time too.

Using a cheap brick wallpaper style

The important part of choosing a brick wallpaper is that it blends in nicely with it’s surroundings and doesn’t look too false. These type of cheap wallpaper that was chosen in the end had a brick wallpaper style that looked effective from both a distance and up close. It would cost a great deal of money to take the plastering off the walls and expose the natural brick underneath, so rather than taking this approach, it was far easier to put a wall hanging over the top.

One thing to note is that when pasting the wall and hanging wallpaper, the surface that you’re pasting on to really does need to be even. There were places that needed a little work to get a very smooth surface to hand the wallpaper on, fortunately for us, this didn’t take too much work in the end but it is something to consider. Hanging wallpaper can be a bit of a chore too particularly for a large building like a lighthouse, so make sure you have enough of the raw materials before you actually get started.