Whitby Lighthouse

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Whitby Lighthouse
South Whitby Lighthouse - geograph.org.uk - 1318876.jpg
Whitby Lighthouse is located in North Yorkshire
Whitby Lighthouse
Location Near Whitby, Yorkshire, England
Coordinates 54°28′40″N 0°34′6″W / 54.47778°N 0.56833°W / 54.47778; -0.56833
Year first constructed 1858
Automated 1992
Height 13 m (43 ft)
Focal height 73 m (240 ft)
Current lens Six Panel 2nd Order Catadioptric Drum
Intensity White 39,800 Candela, Red 17,100 Candela
Range White - 18 nmi (33 km); Red - 16 nmi (30 km)
Characteristic White and red isophase every 5 seconds
ARLHS number ENG 164

Whitby Lighthouse is a lighthouse operated by Trinity House. It is located on Ling Hill, on the coast to the south-east of Whitby, beyond Saltwick Bay. It should not be confused with the two lighthouses located in Whitby itself, which protect the town's harbour.

The lighthouse, a white octagonal brick tower designed by James Walker, was built in 1858. Originally, it was one of a pair of towers aligned north-south and known as the High Light; the other, known as the South Light, was 66 ft (20 m) high. Their purpose was to show fixed lights over Whitby Rock. In 1890, a more efficient light was installed in the High Light, allowing the South Light to be deactivated. The lighthouse was electrified in 1976 and automated in 1992; the former lighthouse keepers' cottages are now available to hire by holidaymakers.[1]

The Whitby Fog Signal located adjacent to the lighthouse has been deactivated, and the building is also now used as holiday accommodation.


  1. ^ "Whitby Lighthouse". Trinity House.