Anvil Point Lighthouse
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Anvil Point Lighthouse
|Year first constructed||1881|
|Tower shape||cylindrical tower with balcony and lantern|
|Markings / pattern||white tower and lantern|
|Tower height||12 m (39 ft)|
|Focal height||45 m (148 ft)|
|Original lens||250mm 6 panel fourth order rotating optic|
|Current lens||1 single tier LED lantern|
|Range||9 nmi (17 km; 10 mi)|
|Characteristic||Fl W 10s.|
|ARLHS number||ENG 001|
|Managing agent||Trinity House |
The lighthouse is built of local stone and was completed in 1881. 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.
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.
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.
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. (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.
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). Some of the old buildings have been refurbished as holiday cottages.
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