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Battery Point Lighthouse

aka Portishead Point

Portishead, Somerset

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Ariel Photo by Marinas.com more images are available

At first site, not the most appealing lighthouse, but it is endangered and the last of its type to still be around, but maybe not for much longer.

Photo by Roger Cornfoot

 With access this provides a good viewpoint on the Bristol Channel.

Photo from Wikipedia

Approval to build this was given in September 1930 and it was up and running by March 1931, built by Chance Brothers of Smethwick. There are current plans to replace the current lighthouse, although changes and additions have been added to it in recent years.

This light is probably the only surviving example of its type. Endangered: poorly maintained, the tower is rusting and there is a danger it will be scrapped and replaced. The question always comes back to what should we preserve.

Lighthouse information Grid


Battery Point, Portishead, Somerset

Current status:


Geographic Position:

51 29" 38'  -2 46" 23'

Grid Reference:


Ceremonial County:



Short tower on bank.

Square pyramidal skeletal tower with gallery, partially enclosed, mounted on a square concrete base. Tower painted black, contrasting with the white concrete of the base. A fog bell is mounted on the front of the tower. Lighthouse connected to shore by an elevated walkway.

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Aerial photo:

Marinas.com   Google satellite view

Other photos:

Geograph   photo

Originally built:


Current lighthouse built:

1930, replaced fog bell.

Height of Tower:

9 meters 29ft

Height of light above mean sea level:

9 metres above water 30ft

Character of light:

3 quick white flashes every 10 seconds

Character of fog signal:

Bell on front

Range of light:

16 miles

Owned / run by:

Bristol Port Company

Getting there:

See maps. On a promontory just off Esplanade Road on the south shore of the Severn in Portishead, about 3km (2 mi) west of the mouth of the Avon


Appears to be access along bank, so site is open but tower is closed



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List of Minor Lighthouses and Lights - England and Wales



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