St Anthony's Lighthouse

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St Anthony's Lighthouse
St Anthony's Lighthouse
Location St Anthony Head, Cornwall, United Kingdom
Coordinates 50°08.469′N 05°0.964′W / 50.141150°N 5.016067°W / 50.141150; -5.016067Coordinates: 50°08.469′N 05°0.964′W / 50.141150°N 5.016067°W / 50.141150; -5.016067
Year first constructed 1835
Year first lit 1835
Automated 1987
Construction Granite
Markings / pattern White
Height 19 m
Focal height 22 m
Current lens 1st Order Fixed Lens
Intensity White 210,000 Candela, Red 42,000 Candela
Range (White) 22 nautical miles, (Red) 20 nautical miles
Characteristic Occurring white and red every 15 seconds
ARLHS number ENG 141

St Anthony's Lighthouse is a lighthouse situated on St Anthony Head, on the eastern side of the entrance to Falmouth harbour, Cornwall, England. The harbour is also known as Carrick Roads and is one of the largest natural harbours in the world.

The lighthouse was built in 1835 by Olver of Falmouth, for Trinity House and the original light came from eight Argand oil lamps. The light source was changed to pressure vapour and later to electricity when electricity was connected in 1954. Today the light is automated, flashing every 15 seconds, with a red sector for The Manacles rocks and a range of 22 miles. The fog horn blasts once every 30 seconds.[1]

When the fog bell was dismantled in 1954 which hung from the gallery at the front of the tower it was donated to a local church but, after many years of sitting on the church front lawn, was taken away to be melted down.

St. Anthony's lighthouse was featured in the UK version of Fraggle Rock, as "Fraggle Rock Lighthouse" in external scenes. Nearby St. Mawes also featured in some scenes from the programme.


  1. ^ Denton, Tony; Leach, Nicholas (2007). Lighthouses of England and Wales. Ashbourne: Landmark Publishing Ltd. 

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