Lynmouth Forelands Lighthouse
aka Contisbury Foreland Lighthouse
North of Lynmouth, Devon
|Part of the
South West Coastal Path
a cliff top walk around the cliffs, 2 miles north of Lynmouth on the
North Devon coast. From this as you go around Lynmouth Foreland,
150 metres above sea you have good views, across to Lundy Island, and
along the coast. On a ledge cut into the hillside below you is Lynmouth
Forelands Lighthouse. Today the keepers cottage is available for holiday
rentals and those staying in it don't have to make the journey along the
hill tops, but can use a winding service road along the hillside.
It was in 1900 that Trinity House
built Lynmouth Foreland Lighthouse, also known as the Contisbury
Forelands Lighthouse, as a further aid to navigation in
the Bristol Channel. It is cut into the mountain side, part way up to try
to avoid the fog or low cloud that was experienced in both this area
and led to the nearby
being replaced by the
Lundy Island North Lighthouse
Lundy Island South Lighthouse.
The round white tower is 15 metres in height,
and is complete with s 1 storey keeper's
The optic is a 1st order dioptric apparatus, 8
panels in 2 groups of 4, revolving on a motor driven mercury float pedestal.
This is 67 metres above sea level.
From a ship on the way to Lundy
Lynmouth Foreland Lighthouse was electrified in
1975 and was automated in 1994. It is now monitored and controlled by Trinity
House at Harwich in Essex.
Showing why they put this
lighthouse where it is and not on the top.
(edited a bit)
An early postcard from soon
after it was built in 1900, showing a steam ship going past.
Notice that the postcard calls
it the Contisbury Foreland Lighthouse.
Contisbury is a village about a mile away and the area the lighthouse is on, is
Foreland' and this comes off a far larger area called 'Contisbury Common'.
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