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Lundy Island North Lighthouse

Lundy Island, Devon

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Photo from Flicker thought to be by Steve Hodgson

The northern Lundy lighthouse warns of treacherous rocks around the island of Lundy, but also was intended to help coastal traffic trading limestone and coal to mid and north Wales. The light also helped long distance and North American traffic identify the Bristol Channel and avoid confusion with the English Channel.  It acts in conjunction with the Caldey Lighthouse to the north.

It, and the Lundy Island South Lighthouse, replaced a previous single lighthouse, Lundy Island (Old Light).

The North Lighthouse is set on a narrow plateau, on the cliffs. Its a cylindrical brick tower with lantern and gallery attached to two 1 storey keeper's houses. The light was produced from a 75mm petroleum vapour burner until 1971 when electricity was installed. It was automated in 1985 and modernised in 1991, when it was converted to solar power with a new proprietary lantern manufactured by Orga installed on the disused fog signal building.

Around the north lighthouse large colonies of guillemots, razor bills and herring gulls make their nests, whilst on the rocks below Atlantic seals take refuge.

Both Lundy Lighthouses are now monitored and controlled by a link from Trinity House at Harwich in Essex.

Located on cliffs at the northern tip of the island, accessible by walking roundtrip of 10km (6 miles). The site is open but the lighthouse and its tower is closed.

Photo by Chris Dowser

Photo by Grant Sherman

This old postcard suggests this lighthouse today has changed very little,
only the chimney stacks would appear to have gone


The Lundy Lighthouses

In the extremes of the Bristol Channel, off Devon, is the  Island of Lundy, 3.5 miles long by 0.75 miles wide it is said to have 20 miles of dangerous coastline. It is a rugged mass of dark granite, surrounded by reefs of sharp rocks that make an approach to the island difficult for those unfamiliar with it.

In 1819 Trinity House decided to build a lighthouse on the rocky summit of Chapel Hill. The granite tower was 96ft high with the keepers houses connected to it, it cost 10,276 19s.11d. The builder was Joseph Nelson, the engineer Daniel Alexander and the Superintendent of Works, James Turnbull.

Two lights were shone from the tower, the lower was a fixed white light, the upper was a white quick flashing light, every 60 seconds. This was, at the time, an innovation in lighthouse optics. However, the light revolved very quickly and no period of darkness was detectable between the flashes by most people, so in effect this also appeared as a fixed light. The steady light was from an elevation of 508ft and the flashing at 538ft, being not greatly separated resulted in the lights from a distance of 5 miles or more appearing to be a single light.

Mistaking this for a single light was said to have contributed on an evening to a shipping disaster in November 1828. The ship La Jeune Emma travelling from Martinique to Cherbourg, arrived in Carmarthen Bay in thick fog,  mistook the Lundy lights for the fixed light of Ushant, and went onto the rocks. Of the 19 people on board 13 were lost including a niece of the Empress Josephine.

Continual complaints that the light was completely lost in fog, resulted in the decision to replace it.

In 1897 two new lighthouses were built on the North and South extremities of the island, and the original one, Lundy Island (Old Light) abandoned, but not demolished. It has now been converted into holiday accommodation that you can stay in.

The Lundy Island South Lighthouse, is a compact station with a white circular tower. It was automated and converted to solar power in 1994.

The North Lighthouse (this one) is set on a narrow plateau, on the cliffs. Its a cylindrical brick tower with lantern and gallery attached to two 1 storey keeper's houses. The light was produced from a 75mm petroleum vapour burner until 1971 when electricity was installed. It was automated in 1985 and modernised in 1991 when it was converted to solar power with a new proprietary lantern manufactured by Orga installed on the disused fog signal building.

Around the north lighthouse large colonies of guillemots, razor bills and herring gulls make their nests, whilst on the rocks below Atlantic seals take refuge.

Both Lundy Lighthouses are now monitored and controlled by a link from Trinity House at Harwich in Essex.

From the steps down to the lighthouse photo by Chris Dowser

Only problem is if you go down you have to come back up again!!


Lighthouse information Grid

Name:

Lundy Island North Lighthouse, Devon

Current status:

Currently in use

Geographic Position:

51 12'.1 N 04 40'.6 W

Grid Reference:

SS130481

Ceremonial County:

Devon

Appearance:

Cylindrical brick tower with lantern and gallery attached to two 1 storey keeper's houses. All buildings painted white. The lantern is not in use, since 1991 the solar-powered light has been displayed from the roof a the small fog signal hut on the north side of the lighthouse.

Map Link:

Get-A-Map    Multimap

Aerial photo:

Google satellite view

Other photos:

Geograph     photo      photo  

Originally built:

1897

Current lighthouse built:

 

Height of Tower:

17m   56 ft

Height of light above mean sea level:

48m   157ft

Character of light:

One White Flash Every 15 Seconds

Character of fog signal:

 

Range of light:

17 nautical miles

Owned / run by:

Island - Owner National Trust Lundy is financed, administered and maintained by the Landmark Trust. Site manager/tourism boats etc. Lundy Island Company

Lighthouse - Trinity House

Getting there:

Located on cliffs at the northern tip of the island, accessible by  walking roundtrip of 10km (6 miles).

Access:

Site open, tower closed.

Website:

TH     Lundy Island Company

Other Useful Websites:

Wiki (Lundy Island)

Routes:  
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For more articles, lists and other information see the Lighthouses Section

Lighthouse Map of England and Wales

Featured List of Lighthouses - England and Wales  

List of Minor Lighthouses and Lights - England and Wales

Lundy Island South Lighthouse

Lundy Island (Old Light)

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