Anvil Point Lighthouse

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Anvil Point Lighthouse
Anvil point lighthouse durlston dorset.jpg
Anvil Point Lighthouse is located in Dorset
Anvil Point Lighthouse
Location Near Swanage, Dorset, England
Coordinates 50°35′31″N 1°57′36″W / 50.59194°N 1.96000°W / 50.59194; -1.96000Coordinates: 50°35′31″N 1°57′36″W / 50.59194°N 1.96000°W / 50.59194; -1.96000
Year first constructed 1881
Automated 1991
Height 12 m (39 ft)
Focal height 45 m (148 ft)
Current lens 1 Single Tier LED Lantern
Intensity 1,080 Candela
Range 9 nmi (17 km; 10 mi)
Characteristic White Flash Every 10 Seconds
ARLHS number ENG 001

The Anvil Point Lighthouse is a lighthouse located near Swanage in Dorset. It is built of local stone and was completed in 1881. It was opened by Neville Chamberlain's father, then Minister of Transport. The lighthouse tower is twelve metres tall, the height of the light above the high-water mark is 45 m (148 ft). The light is positioned to give a waypoint for vessels passing along the English Channel coast.

Originally the light was illuminated by a paraffin vapour burner (PVB). During 1960 the lighthouse was modernised and electrified. It was fully automated on 31 May 1991 and is now monitored and controlled from the Trinity House Operations Control Centre at Harwich.[1]

The lighthouse has a 1000 watt filament lamp and its character is a white Flash every 10 Seconds with an intensity of 500,000 Candela. The lights range was about 19 nautical miles (35 km; 22 mi), but was reduced to 9 nautical miles (17 km; 10 mi) following a review of aids to navigation in 2010.[2] The old fog signal was a 5 minute cannon. The fog signal was replaced during 1981 by new automatic equipment, but it has now been discontinued. (Note: the rotating Fresnel lens lamp was replaced in 2012 with a LED lamp as shown in the summary)

The lighthouse is near a visitor centre and is sometimes open to the public for tours. This area is an area of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI). Some of the old buildings have been refurbished as holiday cottages.


  1. ^ "Anvil Point Lighthouse". Trinity House. Retrieved 2011-08-27. 
  2. ^ "Trinity House 2010 Aids to Navigation Review". Trinity House. 

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