Old Hunstanton Lighthouse

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Old Hunstanton Lighthouse
Hunstanton Lighthouse.jpg
Old Hunstanton Lighthouse
Old Hunstanton Lighthouse is located in Norfolk
Old Hunstanton Lighthouse
LocationSt Edmund’s Point
Coordinates52°56′59″N 0°29′38″E / 52.949645°N 0.493760°E / 52.949645; 0.493760Coordinates: 52°56′59″N 0°29′38″E / 52.949645°N 0.493760°E / 52.949645; 0.493760
Year first constructed1272 (first)
1778 (second)
Year first lit1840 (current)
Constructionmasonry tower
Tower shapecylindrical tower with balcony attached to 2-storey keeper's house
Markings / patternwhite tower
Tower height19 metres (62 ft)
ARLHS numberENG-056
Managing agentThe Old Lighthouse[1]
HeritageGrade II listed building Edit this on Wikidata
Listed Building – Grade II
Designated20 September 1984
Reference no.490402[2]

Old Hunstanton Lighthouse is a former lighthouse located in Old Hunstanton in the English county of Norfolk.[3]


Although the present lighthouse was built in 1840, there has been a lighthouse on the site since before 1663.[4] The earlier lighthouse was built of wood with an iron basket of burning coals as a light. In 1776 Hunstanton Lighthouse had the world's first parabolic reflector installed; at the same time an oil lamp replaced the coal fire.

In 1840 a new lighthouse, designed by James Walker, was built by William Candler of Lynn; it was first lit on 3 September of that year.[4] In place of the reflector a sizeable (second-order) fixed catadioptric optic was installed, designed by J. Cookson & co. of Newcastle-upon-Tyne.[5] The lighthouse initially displayed a fixed white light with red sectors;[4] it later displayed an occulting white light.[6]

The present lighthouse ceased operations in 1922, since when it has been a private residence and a Holiday Let.


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  1. ^ Hunstanton The Lighthouse Directory. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Retrieved 28 April 2016
  2. ^ Listed Building schedule
  3. ^ Ordnance Survey (2002). OS Explorer Map 250 - Norfolk Coast West. ISBN 0-319-21886-4.
  4. ^ a b c "Lighthouse management : the report of the Royal Commissioners on Lights, Buoys, and Beacons, 1861, examined and refuted Vol. 2". p. 70.
  5. ^ Tag, Thomas. "The Fresnel Lens Makers". The United States Lighthouse Society. Retrieved 9 March 2019.
  6. ^ Davenport Adams, W. H. (1891). The Story of our Lighthouses and Lightships: Descriptive and Historical (PDF). London, Edinburgh & New York: Thomas Nelson & Sons. p. 142. Retrieved 27 February 2019.

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