Gorleston South Pier Lighthouse

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Gorleston South Pier Lighthouse
Coast Guard Station Gorlestone.jpg
Gorleston South Pier Lighthouse and Coastwatch station.
Gorleston South Pier Lighthouse is located in Norfolk
Gorleston South Pier Lighthouse
Location Gorleston
Coordinates 52°34′20″N 1°44′17″E / 52.572128°N 1.738036°E / 52.572128; 1.738036Coordinates: 52°34′20″N 1°44′17″E / 52.572128°N 1.738036°E / 52.572128; 1.738036
Year first constructed 1852 (first)
Year first lit 1955 (current)
Construction brick and concrete building
Tower shape 2-storey building with two balconies and light on the roof
Markings / pattern white lower part, unpainted brick upper part
Height 8 metres (26 ft)
Focal height 11 metres (36 ft)
Light source mains power
Range 11 nautical miles (20 km; 13 mi)
Characteristic Fl R 3s.
Fog signal 3 blasts every 60s.
Admiralty number A2304
NGA number 1624
ARLHS number ENG-221
Managing agent National Coastwatch Institution [1]

Gorleston South Pier Lighthouse and Coastwatch station is located in the town of Gorleston in the English county of Norfolk.[2] The lighthouse and station is located at the end of the south pier of seaport on the south side of Great Yarmouth.


The first lighthouse was established here in 1852 was an octagonal brick tower of similar height to the present lighthouse building. The building today was built in 1955 and was also the harbourmaster's office, later re-located.


The light of today is mounted on the roof along with communications equipment, harbor control lights, and the fog horn that would gives, when used, three blasts every 60 seconds. The lighthouse is operated by the Great Yarmouth Port Authority. The watchtower is now home to the Gorleston Branch of the National Coastwatch Institution which has over 60 Volunteer members and act as the eyes and ears of HM Coast Guard. They man watches from 0800hrs to 1900hrs in the winter and to 2130hrs in the summer, 7 days a week, 52 weeks of the year.[3]

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  1. ^ Gorleston South Pier Lighthouse The Lighthouse Directory. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Retrieved 27 April 2016
  2. ^ Ordnance Survey (2005). OS Explorer Map OL40 - The Broads. ISBN 0-319-23769-9.
  3. ^ "NCI Gorleston". National Coastwatch Institution. Retrieved 20 December 2010. 

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