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Last Updated: Tuesday, 22 February, 2005, 07:41 GMT
'Priceless' lighthouse on market
The lighthouse in Dungeness
The lighthouse has six floors and more than 150 steps
An old lighthouse which used to guide mariners around the most southerly point of Kent is up for sale.

The lighthouse in Dungeness, which has more than 150 steps, was built about 100 years ago and was used to warn ships of dangers until 1960.

Then a new lighthouse was built because the nuclear power station blocked the old one. Jill Stanners' father bought the building in the 1980s.

She has now put the lighthouse on the market, but it does not have a price.

'Shingle banks'

Ms Stanners has run the six-storey lighthouse as a museum and tourist attraction for 15 years.

She said: "Well I suppose I fell in love with the lighthouse - the lighthouse took me over.

"Windows would open up and if a ship was coming down the Channel and if the light came on to red it knew it had to go outwards to avoid the shingle banks."

She said her father bought the lighthouse at auction although he original went along with the intention of buying a windmill.

She said: "He wanted a windmill - he always wanted to live in a windmill - but he said this would do."

Last week a converted railway carriage on Dungeness beach was revealed as being on the market for 150,000.

In December last year a strip of the beach was sold for 10,000 at auction.

Offers are being accepted on the lighthouse but so far no value has been put on it.

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