Remains of a tower on Staple Island Photo from Geograph
Wardens cottage and remains tower that is the remains of the lighthouse on Brownsman Island
Photo by Paul Buckingham
In addition to the Inner Farne Lighthouse, there was originally one on Staple Island, this was damaged by storms and when damaged the second time it was moved to the nearby Brownsman Island. Later a new lighthouse was built on Brownsman in around 1800.
A new oil powered lighthouse was also built on Brownsman’s Island in around 1811. In 1826 this was moved to Longstone Island.
Today we can see the remains of the original tower on Brownsman Island, and on Staple Island there is the remains of a small tower, but its not clear what this is. It could well be the earliest lighthouse tower to still exist on the east coast of England, although not a lot to look at now and not being preserved.
A fuller history of the lighthouses of the Farne Islands can be found on Inner Farne Lighthouse location guide, another location guide covers the nearby Longstone Lighthouse, which is open to visitors. These islands can be clearly seen from Longstone.
Photo by Nigel Mykura
Photo by Hugh Venables
Today large numbers of people visit these two islands, but most go to see the wildlife including the Puffins.
Farne Islands, Northumberland
Inner Farne Lighthouse, Farne Islands, Northumberland
Longstone Lighthouse, Farne Islands, Northumberland
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