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Dungeness New Lighthouse

Dungeness, Kent

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Dungeness Old Lighthouse

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Dungeness, Kent


The current lighthouse at Dungeness is the fifth to have been built on this part of the Kent coast. It was officially opened by HRH The Duke of Gloucester in 1961.


Dungeness Lighthouse marks the end of the peninsula and is also an important way mark and reference for vessels navigating the Dover Straits.


Photo by Mark Collins

The new lighthouse which was officially opened by HRH The Duke of Gloucester, the former Master of Trinity House, was brought into operation on 20th November, 1961.

The tower which rises from a white concrete base in the form of a spiral ramp, is capable of automatic operation and was the first one of its kind to incorporate the Xenon electric arc lamp as a source of illumination.

It is constructed of pre-cast concrete rings 1.5 metres high, 15cm thick and 3.6 metres in diameter, fitted one above the other, and has black and white bands which are impregnated into the concrete.

Since May 1962 the whole tower has been floodlit to assist identification from seaward. This floodlighting has reduced the bird mortality rate at this lighthouse during the migration season.

Dungeness Lighthouse was converted to automatic operation in 1991 and is monitored and controlled from the Trinity House Depot at Harwich in Essex.

Photo by Alan Simkins

The previous lighthouse known as Dungeness Old Lighthouse is nearby. It was built in 1904 and the remains of the base and accommodation from the one before that, built in 1792, is next to it.

Photo by Nick Macneill

A view of the new lighthouse from the top of the old one

  Photo from Geograph

Photo from Geograph of the fog horn

Lighthouse information Grid


Dungeness New Lighthouse, Kent

Current status:

Currently in Use

Geographic Position:

50 54'.77 N 00 58'.70 E

Grid Reference:


Ceremonial County:



Modern tall black and white banded tower.

Map Link:


for more see Dungeness Old Lighthouse

Aerial photo:


Other photos:


Originally built:

1792 there have been a number of versions since

Current lighthouse built:


Height of Tower:


Height of light above mean high sea level:


Character of light:

White Group Flashing 5 Every 30 Seconds

Character of fog signal:

Triple frequency sounding 3 times every minute

Range of light:

27 nautical miles

Owned / run by:

Trinity House

Getting there:

clearly visible from Dungeness


on beach area



Other Useful Websites:

The Romney Marsh Lighthouses

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Lighthouse Map of England and Wales

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List of Minor Lighthouses and Lights - England and Wales

Dungeness Old Lighthouse

Dungeness, nr Lydd, Kent



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