Orfordness Lighthouse

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Orfordness Lighthouse
Orford Ness Lighthouse, Suffolk.jpg
Orfordness Lighthouse
Location Orfordness, Suffolk
Coordinates 52°05′02″N 1°34′27″E / 52.0839°N 1.5743°E / 52.0839; 1.5743Coordinates: 52°05′02″N 1°34′27″E / 52.0839°N 1.5743°E / 52.0839; 1.5743
Year first constructed 1920
Deactivated 2017
Tower shape Circular
Markings / pattern White and Red
Range 20 nautical miles

Orfordness Lighthouse is a lighthouse on Orford Ness, in Suffolk, England. The 30 metres (98 ft) tower was completed in 1792. The light has a range of 20 nautical miles (37 km; 23 mi).[1] It was equipped with an AIS transmitter with MMSI 992351016.[2]

The lighthouse was decommissioned on 27 June 2013, because of the encroaching sea. The modern electrical equipment and hazardous materials (mercury) have been removed. Trinity House has increased the power of the light at Southwold Lighthouse to compensate for the closure of Orfordness lighthouse. Unless demolished, the Orfordness tower is expected to survive for seven to eight years before falling into the North Sea. [3]

As of September 2013 the Orfordness Lighthouse Company acquired the lighthouse from Trinity House, after the National Trust turned it down. A separate charitable trust is being established to ensure access and preservation for as long as it remains. Edited by Harvey Williams


The firsts lights in this area were constructed in 1637.[1]