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The east coast of England is particularly vulnerable to erosion especially parts of East Anglia; and this fact coupled with the changing and shifting channels, has meant that some lights have had a very short life. Those, which have not succumbed to the sea, were soon demolished and those that remain today do so in isolation from the sea.
A pair of leading lights was built at Hopton, 6 miles north of Lowestoft, Suffolk, in 1865 to give a clear lead to the south of Corton Sands. The High light was built on a slope of rising ground on the seaward side of the former Hopton Railway Station and the Low light stood on Hopton Denes, a tract of coastal duneland since taken by the sea.
They were only used for 6 years and were demolished in 1871.