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When first opened in 1834 Belle Tout served a dual function. Mariners groping their way along the south coast of England could use it as a navigational reference, but they also knew that if they could see its flashing light they were a safe distance from the dangerous reefs at the foot of the chalk cliffs of Beachy Head. Should the light suddenly disappear, a swift change of course was indicated.