Anvil Point Lighthouse

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Anvil Point Lighthouse
Anvil point lighthouse durlston dorset.jpg
Anvil Point Lighthouse
Anvil Point Lighthouse is located in Dorset
Anvil Point Lighthouse
Coordinates50°35′30.8″N 1°57′35.3″W / 50.591889°N 1.959806°W / 50.591889; -1.959806Coordinates: 50°35′30.8″N 1°57′35.3″W / 50.591889°N 1.959806°W / 50.591889; -1.959806
Year first constructed1881
Constructionstone tower
Tower shapecylindrical tower with balcony and lantern
Markings / patternwhite tower and lantern
Tower height12 m (39 ft)
Focal height45 m (148 ft)
Original lens250mm 6 panel fourth order rotating optic
Current lens1 single tier LED lantern
Intensity1,080 candela
Range9 nmi (17 km; 10 mi)
CharacteristicFl W 10s.
Fog signaldeactivated
Admiralty numberA0496
NGA number0544
ARLHS numberENG 001
Managing agentTrinity House[1] [2]

The Anvil Point Lighthouse is a lighthouse located near Swanage in Dorset, southern England.


The lighthouse in its compound.

The lighthouse is built of local stone and was completed in 1881.[3] It was opened by Neville Chamberlain's father, then Minister of Transport. The lighthouse tower is twelve metres tall, the height of the light above the high-water mark is 45 m (148 ft). The light is positioned to give a waypoint for vessels passing along the English Channel coast.

Originally the light was illuminated by a paraffin vapour burner (PVB) set within a large (first order) revolving 14-panel dioptric optic.[4]

During 1960, the lighthouse was modernised and electrified (with a new lamp, powered by mains electricity, replacing the PVB). At the same time a smaller optic replaced the original lens array, which was removed and donated to the Science Museum.[5]

Anvil Point Lighthouse was fully automated on 31 May 1991 and is now monitored and controlled from the Trinity House Operations Control Centre at Harwich.[6]

The lighthouse had a 1,000 watt filament lamp with an intensity of 500,000 Candela. The lights range was about 19 nautical miles (35 km; 22 mi), but was reduced to 9 nautical miles (17 km; 10 mi) following a review of aids to navigation in 2010.[7]

In 2012, a LED lamp was installed above the rotating Fresnel lens to serve as the main light at Anvil Point; its character is, as it was previously, a white flash every 10 seconds.[3] (The old lens, though no longer in use, remains in place in the tower.)

The old fog signal was a 5-minute cannon. In 1960 this was replaced by an electric emitter. In 1981 new automatic equipment was installed, but the fog signal was discontinued in 1988.[5]

The lighthouse is near a visitor centre and is sometimes open to the public for tours. This area is a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI).[8] Some of the old buildings have been refurbished as holiday cottages.

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  1. ^ Anvil Point The Lighthouse Directory. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Retrieved 24 April 2016
  2. ^ Anvil Point Lighthouse Trinity House. Retrieved 24 April 2016
  3. ^ a b "Anvil Point Lighthouse". Trinity House. Retrieved 7 March 2019.
  4. ^ "Lighthouse lantern optics from Anvil Point Lighthouse, 1881". Science & society. Retrieved 7 March 2019.
  5. ^ a b Woodman, Richard; Wilson, Jane (2002). The Lighthouses of Trinity House. Bradford-on-Avon, Wilts.: Thomas Reed. pp. 96–97.
  6. ^ "Anvil Point Lighthouse". Trinity House. Retrieved 27 August 2011.
  7. ^ "Trinity House 2010 Aids to Navigation Review" (PDF). Trinity House. Archived from the original (PDF) on 8 January 2015.
  8. ^ "About Durlston Country Park".

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