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Blacknore Point Lighthouse

Portishead, Somerset

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Ariel Photo by Marinas.com

Built to assist shipping coming into and out of Avonmouth, on the side of the Severn near Bristol.

It was built in 1894 converted to electric and automated in 1941.

The old photocrome photo (right) was probably taken soon after 1900.

In May 2010 Trinity House confirmed its intention to discontinue the light within the next few years.


Photo Right  from the Camera Images GBPictures archive.    

Photo by Philip Halling

Photo by Malik Sarkar

Photo by Philip Halling

An unusually well preserved late 19th century prefabricated lighthouse, 11m (36ft) tall, its a round, 6-legged cast iron tower with an enclosed watch room, lantern and gallery, all painted white. It has a 4th order Fresnel lens in use.

If you want to see it, it may be wise to see it sooner rather than later as in May 2010 Trinity House confirmed its intention to discontinue the light within the next few years.

Photos left and right  from www.lighthouse-duo.net this websites terms, gives permission for their re-use.

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Lighthouse information Grid


Blacknore Point, Portishead, Somerset

Current status:

In use

Geographic Position:

51 29.1 N 02 48. 0 W

Grid Reference:


Ceremonial County:



white metal structure on legs.

Round, 6-legged cast iron tower with enclosed watch room, lantern and gallery, all painted white.

Map Link:

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Aerial photo:

Marinas.com (best)  Multimap   Google satellite view

Other photos:

Geograph   photo

Originally built:


Current lighthouse built:


Height of Tower:

11m 36ft

Height of light above mean sea level:

11m 36ft

Character of light:

White Group Flashing Twice Every 10 Seconds

Character of fog signal:

none as far as I know

Range of light:

15 nautical miles

Owned / run by:

Trinity House

Getting there:

see aerial photo and map, can be reached without difficulty


From public paths. On the south shore of the Severn about 3km (2mi) west of Portishead, accessible by road or on the Portishead-Clevedon Coast Path.



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