Hurst Point Lighthouse

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Hurst Point Lighthouse
Hurst Castle Lighthouse.jpg
Hurst Point Lighthouse
Hurst Point Lighthouse is located in Hampshire
Hurst Point Lighthouse
Location Hurst Point, Hampshire, England
Coordinates 50°42′29″N 1°33′1″W / 50.70806°N 1.55028°W / 50.70806; -1.55028
Year first lit 1867
Automated 1923
Construction Masonry
Tower shape circular
Height 26 m (85 ft)
Focal height 23 m (75 ft)
Current lens First Order 920Mm Fixed Lens
Intensity White 7,140 Candela, Red 1,760 Candela
Range White Light - 13 nmi (24 km); Red light - 10 nmi (19 km)
Characteristic 4 White & Red Flashes Every 15 Seconds
ARLHS number ENG 057

Hurst Point Lighthouse is located at Hurst Point in the English county of Hampshire, and guides vessels through the western approaches to the Solent.

The original lighthouse was the Hurst Tower, sited to the south west of the old Hurst Castle and lit for the first time on 29 September 1786.[1] Joseph Huddart supervised and directed its construction.[2] However, this light was found to be obscured from certain directions; consequently, in 1812, this tower was supplemented by the High Lighthouse, a new tower at a higher level.[1]

Low lighthouses within the west wing of Hurst Castle

In light of the expansion of the Castle between 1865 and 1873, it proved necessary to reposition the lights. In 1866, the Low Light - a white circular granite tower with a red lantern - was built to replace the Hurst Tower. In 1911, this light was itself replaced with a red square metal tower, standing on steel joists attached to the Castle wall. It has since been decommissioned, but both of these Low Lights remain in place, the former painted grey and the latter blue/battleship grey to camouflage them and prevent confusion for mariners.[3]

Meanwhile, in 1867, the 1812 High Lighthouse was replaced by the freestanding 26 metre tower built on the end of Hurst Spit, and which is still working today.[1] It is open for visitors, but cannot be reached by car; access is by foot or boat only.


  1. ^ a b c Lighthouses,, retrieved 18 April 2012
  2. ^ Walker, William (1864). Memoirs of the distinguished men of science of Great Britain living in the year 1807-1808 p.64-5 (2 ed.). p. 160. Retrieved February 2010. 
  3. ^ "Hurst Point Lighthouse". Trinity House. 

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