Before then? There was only one way for keepers to get on - and off - it.
Check out this clip - from the French documentary 'He Was A Lighthouse' - to see what that was.
Turns out you don't just need engineering skills, the ability to enjoy your own company and a love of Fraggles to be a lighthouse keeper. You also need a strong stomach for sea waves and a head for heights...
(Via Daily Picks And Flicks)