Worldwide Lighthouses

Bamburgh Lighthouse


General Information

Established: 1910

Current Lighthouse Built: 1910

Automated: 1910

Electrified: 1910

Operator: Trinity House

Designer: Sir Thomas Matthews

Light Information

Bamburgh Lighthouse, notable for being Englands furthest north Trinity House light station is located just over a mile north of the viliage's famous castle.

The small compound, which stands on Black Rock Point was built for Trinity House in 1910 and contained a fully automatic white painted skeletal steel tower with enclosed service room and lantern, similar to the lighthouse at Peninnis and a small stone building in which acytelene was produced to power the light.

An extensive refit in 1975 saw the removal and scrapping of the original light tower - a simpler black painted lantern was placed on top of the acytelene building, which contains a large fixed fresnel lens (which may or may not be from the original tower) at the same time, the light was converted to electic operation.

The light occults once every 15 seconds and shows a white light with red and green sectors, visible for 17, 13 and 13 nautical miles respectively.

A local attendant maintains the light, which like all Trinity House lights is monitered from their main depot in Harwich, Essex.


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