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Maughold Head Lighthouse

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In 1909 a suggestion was put forward, as a result of a complaint from Lord Inverclyde, that the Whitestone Bank Light was often extinguished and on several occasions shipping had come to grief. There being no light between Point of Ayre and Douglas Head, it was advised that a light and fog signal would be of great assistance to shipping. Approval was originally declined by Trinity House as they had a lightship just 4 miles away. On its second application, after getting the go ahead from the Board of Trade, Trinity House had to give their approval for the lighthouse here, and it was built by Alan Stevenson, and came into operation in 1914.

The lighthouse is perched about half the way up a steep cliff. The 77 foot tower brings it's light to the same height as the light keepers houses on the cliff top - some 128 steps above. Electricity was installed in 1947 and it has a battery back-up system.

The keepers' house accommodated the Principal and two assistant keepers, and their families. The Principal had the upper floor of the house, and downstairs was divided into two flats. This and other buildings, located above the lighthouse at the top, have been sold and are now in private ownership.

One of the lighthouse keepers tells his Light Keepers Journey at Maughold.

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Maughold Head Lighthouse, Isle of Man

Current status:


Geographic Position:

54 17.734'N  004 18.585'W

Grid Reference:


Ceremonial County:

Isle of Man


White tower with 87 steps to top of tower. Tower painted white, watch room buff, lantern black

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Originally built:


Current lighthouse built:


Height of Tower:

23 metres

Height of light above mean sea level:

65 metres

Character of light:

Flashing (3) White every 30 secs

Character of fog signal:


Range of light:

21 nautical miles

Owned / run by:

Northern Lighthouse Board

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