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Staple Island Lighthouse

Farne Islands, Northumberland

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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.

See also:

Farne Islands, Northumberland

Inner Farne Lighthouse, Farne Islands, Northumberland

Longstone Lighthouse, Farne Islands, Northumberland

Lighthouse information Grid


Staple Island Lighthouse, Farne Islands, Northumberland

Current status:


Geographic Position:


Grid Reference:

NU237375 or NU237378

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Rocky islands well out to sea. Just remains of towers

Map Link:


Aerial photo:

Staples - Google  satellite view

Brownsmans  Google  satellite view

Other photos:

Geograph   photo

Originally built:

Staple -1784

Brownsman 1800

Current lighthouse built:


Height of Tower:

Brownsman ruin suggests 12m 39ft

Staple insufficient remains to guess, I have seen it said it was 4m 13ft

Height of light above mean sea level:


Character of light:


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Range of light:


Owned / run by:


Getting there:

See Farne Islands, Northumberland


Tour boats take hundreds daily



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For more articles, lists and other information see the Lighthouses Section

Lighthouse Map of England and Wales

Featured List of Lighthouses - England and Wales  

List of Minor Lighthouses and Lights - England and Wales

Farne Islands, Northumberland

Inner Farne Lighthouse, Farne Islands, Northumberland

Longstone Lighthouse, Farne Islands, Northumberland



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