Black Nore lighthouse

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Black Nore lighthouse
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Black Nore lighthouse is located in Somerset
Black Nore lighthouse
Black Nore lighthouse
Location Portishead, Somerset, England
Coordinates 51°29′05″N 2°47′59″W / 51.48472°N 2.79972°W / 51.48472; -2.79972
Year first constructed 1894
Automated 1941
Deactivated 2010
Construction Cast iron
Tower shape Tapering round tower
Height 11 metres (36 ft)
Current lens 4th Order 250 mm biform
Range 15 miles
Characteristic Fl (2) W 10s
Admiralty number A5482
NGA number 6148
ARLHS number ENG-012

Black Nore lighthouse at Portishead, Somerset, England was built in 1894.[1] It is a Grade II listed building.[2]

The metal white painted lighthouse,[3] was built by Trinity House to guide shipping in the Severn Estuary as it made its way in and out of Bristol Harbour. Before it was decommissioned on 27 September 2010 the lens, a 4th Order 250 mm biform lens, flashed twice every ten seconds.[4]

The drive mechanism was wound daily by the Ashford Family on whose land it was built. It was electrified in World War II. In 2000 the winding and drive mechanisms were replaced by electric motors.[5]

In October 2011, after it was no longer needed for navigational purposes, it was sold to a trust for preservation at a cost of £1.[6]


  1. ^ "Black Nore Point". Lighthouse Duo. Retrieved 22 September 2012. 
  2. ^ "Black Nore Lighthouse". Heritage Gateway. English Heritage. Retrieved 22 September 2012. 
  3. ^ "Guide to English and Welsh Lights". Mycetes. Retrieved 22 September 2012. 
  4. ^ "Blacknore Point Lighthouse". Worldwide lighthouases. Retrieved 23 September 2012. 
  5. ^ "Black Nore Lighthouse". Fedden Village. Retrieved 22 September 2012. 
  6. ^ Fowler, Tracey (25 January 2012). "Bought for £1 - residents preserve historic lighthouse". Weston, Worle and Somerset Mercury. Retrieved 22 September 2012.