Black Nore Lighthouse

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Blacknore Point Lighthouse
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The lighthouse in 2010
Black Nore Lighthouse is located in Somerset
Black Nore Lighthouse
Coordinates51°29′05″N 2°48′02″W / 51.484719°N 2.800655°W / 51.484719; -2.800655Coordinates: 51°29′05″N 2°48′02″W / 51.484719°N 2.800655°W / 51.484719; -2.800655
Year first constructed1894
Constructioncast iron skeletal tower
Tower shapetapered cylindrical skeletal tower with observation room, balcony and lantern
Markings / patternwhite tower and lantern
Tower height11 metres (36 ft)
Current lensfourth-order 250 mm biform
Range15 nautical miles (28 km; 17 mi)
CharacteristicFl (2) W 10 s.
Admiralty numberA5482
NGA number6148
ARLHS numberENG-012
Managing agentBlacknore Lighthouse Trust[1]

Black Nore Lighthouse at Portishead, Somerset, England, was built in 1894.[2] It is a Grade II listed building.[3]

The metal white-painted lighthouse[4] was built by Trinity House to guide shipping in the Severn Estuary as it made its way in and out of Bristol Harbour. Before it was decommissioned on 27 September 2010 the lens, a fourth-order 250 mm biform lens, flashed twice every ten seconds.[5]

The drive mechanism was wound daily by the Ashford Family on whose land it was built. It was electrified in World War II. In 2000 the winding and drive mechanisms were replaced by electric motors.[6]

In October 2011, after it was no longer needed for navigational purposes, it was sold to a trust for preservation at a cost of £1.[7]

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  1. ^ Blacknore Point Archived 11 March 2016 at the Wayback Machine. The Lighthouse Directory. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Retrieved 28 April 2016
  2. ^ "Black Nore Point". Lighthouse Duo. Archived from the original on 28 January 2013. Retrieved 22 September 2012.
  3. ^ "Black Nore Lighthouse". Heritage Gateway. English Heritage. Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 22 September 2012.
  4. ^ "Guide to English and Welsh Lights". Mycetes. Archived from the original on 28 January 2013. Retrieved 22 September 2012.
  5. ^ "Blacknore Point Lighthouse". Worldwide lighthouses. Archived from the original on 28 January 2013. Retrieved 23 September 2012.
  6. ^ "Black Nore Lighthouse". Fedden Village. Archived from the original on 28 January 2013. Retrieved 22 September 2012.
  7. ^ Fowler, Tracey (25 January 2012). "Bought for £1 – residents preserve historic lighthouse". Weston, Worle and Somerset Mercury. Archived from the original on 14 July 2014. Retrieved 22 September 2012.

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