The Recent History and Ownership of the Old Lighthouse
1947 auction saw the lighthouse bought for £600 by a Mrs. W.J.
Scales, who was described at the time by the Hull Daily Mail as "a
handsome woman of 62." Mrs. Scales was quoted as being "tired
of respectable retirement in St. Leonards" and wanted to do "something
interesting." She then said she would not be moving in until
the lighthouse had been completely cleaned and scubbed out - and then
she would tell her husband! She had the interrior completely rebuilt
and modernised, by 1947 standards at least, and then moved in.
In 1950 Mrs. Scales (and presumably her husband) decided to go and spend some time in Africa and so put the lighthouse up for rent, and then in 1951 decided to sell it at auction. It was, however, withdrawn without being sold, but in 1954 it was eventually sold to Mrs. H. M. Lloyd, who used it to entertain visitors who could not be accomodated in her three-bedroomed house in Beverley. Mrs. Lloyd also held charity evenings at the lighthouse, which she called "At Homes" and raised a great deal of money. When, in 1957, the rent on her Beverley home was raised, Mrs. Lloyd decided to sell the lighthouse and use the money to buy the old school house in Keldgate, Beverley, where she continued with her charity evenings, and the ownership of the lighthouse passed to Mr. G. Lovell.
Mr. Lovell lived in the lighthouse for twelve years, until 1969 when ill-health prevented him from using the stairs (unavoidable if you live in a lighthouse!) and forced him to move into a bungalow in Hessle. The new owners were Mr Frank and Mrs. Margaret Scott, who like all the previous owners enjoyed the splendid river views : Mr. Scott was the proprietor of Scott Marine, a boat dealers and chandlers in Hull. Sadly, Mr. Scott died and although Mrs. Scott lived on in the lighthouse for a while on her own, in 1983 she decided to move into a bungalow and sold the lighthouse to Mr. Ian Loncaster.
His ownership was very brief and in 1985 Mr. James Deighton, the present owner, bought the lighthouse. Jim is a graphic designer by profession and a talented artist, and said that he was looking for something different and special to live in - the kind of house that didn't have a number, and the Old Lighthouse is certainly that!