Bull Point Lighthouse
Bull Point Lighthouse
|Year first constructed||1879 (first)
|Year first lit||1974 (current)|
|Construction||brick tower (current)
metal skeletal tower (second)
|Tower shape||cylindrical tower with balcony and lantern attached to 1-storey keeper's house|
|Markings / pattern||unpainted tower, white lantern|
|Height||11 m (36 ft)|
|Focal height||54 m (177 ft)|
|Current lens||small 6 panel 3rd order catadioptric optic|
|Range||24 nmi (44 km)|
|Characteristic||Fl (3) W 10s.|
|ARLHS number||ENG 017|
|Managing agent||Rural Retreats|
Bull Point Lighthouse is a lighthouse on Bull Point, about one mile (1.6 km) north of the village of Mortehoe, on the northern coast of Devon, England. The lighthouse provides a visual aid to the villages of Mortehoe, Woolacombe and Ilfracombe, and warns of the inhospitable and rocky coast that lines the area. The original lighthouse was constructed in 1879 after a group of local "clergy, ship-owners, merchants and landowners" appealed to Trinity House for one. A fog horn was added in 1919 and it was electrified in 1960.
In September 1972 the headland on which the lighthouse stood subsided making the structure dangerous. Trinity House used an old light tower from elsewhere for two years whilst a new structure was rebuilt further inland. This was completed in 1974 at a cost of £71,000 and is currently in use. It was fully automated from completion, stands 11 metres tall, has a light intensity of 800,000 candelas and can be seen for 24 nmi (44 km). The diaphone foghorn was switched off in 1988, apparently the redundant equipment remains inside. The lighthouse was automated in 1995. The site can be visited by an adjacent public footpath. The old lighthouse keepers' cottages are now being let out to tourists as self-catering holiday establishments.
- Bull Point The Lighthouse Directory. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Retrieved 30 April 2016
- "A harder walk over coastal heathlands via Damage Barton and Bull Point Lighthouse". Lee Bay North Devon. Retrieved 31 July 2010.
- "Bull Point Lighthouse". Trinity House. Retrieved 31 July 2010.
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