Petitions for a light house to help reduce the many ship-wrecks on this treacherous part of the South Coast were being made as early as 1691. It was not until 1828 that the first temporary wooden structure for this purpose was erected. So successful did it prove that in 1832 a permanent structure was built, the lantern of was visible for 20 miles. By 1902, however, erosion had reduced the lighthouse's effectiveness and it was decommissioned and another light house built at the foot of the cliffs. It was sold by Trinity House in 1903 and subsequently went through the hands of various private owners. During the Second World War it received damage at the hands of Allied troops who used it for target practice and in the late 40's it was offered to the Council who took it over due to its historical significance. They again leased it to a variety of members of the public who improved and modernised it. In 1986, it was bought by the BBC and featured significantly in the TV adaption of Fay Weldon's 'Life and Loves of a She-Devil'. In 1999, and once again in private hands, it underwent the most amazing feat of engineering as it was moved 17 metres back from the ever encroaching cliff edge. A decade later, it was bought by the current owners, David and Barbara Shaw, who run it as one of the world's most intriguing B&Bs.
We are a family business that works closely with the artists to ensure that our customers receive wonderful pictures at affordable prices.
Original paintings and framed prints are usually only available for collection from the Gallery, although we can deliver in person within a 15 mile radius of the gallery by arrangement.
On this site we have tried to provide as much choice as possible, but we are happy to quote on and supply pictures in bespoke sizes where feasible.
How long before we dispatch your print?
Some of the most popular prints are usually available for despatch within 48 hours.
If we do not hold the specific print you're after in stock it will be despatched as soon as we have been able to order one from the various craft printers used by our artists, or from the artists themselves.This seldom takes longer than a week.
How will the picture be delivered?
Within the UK, to keep things as simple and cost-effective as possible, we offer delivery by first class post which is organised by Post and Packing.
The prices quoted on the site include postage and packing at a discounted rate.
For international deliveries, please send us a message
How will your picture be packed?
All mounted prints are wrapped in cellophane bags and packaged using stout card and bubble wrap.
Framed prints and poster prints
Sadly due to the increasing instances of breakages in transit, we are no longer offering framed prints or originals by post. Please contact the gallery to discuss alternatives.
Poster prints will be rolled in acid-free tissue paper and inserted in a large diameter, stout cardboard tube with plastic end-pieces.