Portishead Point Lighthouse

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Portishead Point Lighthouse
Battery Point
Portishead Lighthouse.jpg
Portishead Point Lighthouse also known as Battery Point Lighthouse
Portishead Point Lighthouse is located in Somerset
Portishead Point Lighthouse
Coordinates51°29′41″N 2°46′25″W / 51.494626°N 2.773586°W / 51.494626; -2.773586Coordinates: 51°29′41″N 2°46′25″W / 51.494626°N 2.773586°W / 51.494626; -2.773586
Year first constructed1931
Foundationconcrete base
Constructionmetal skeletal tower
Tower shapesquare pyramidal tower enclosed with balcony and light
Markings / patternblack tower, white basement
Tower height9 metres (30 ft)
Focal height9 metres (30 ft)
Range16 nautical miles (30 km; 18 mi)
CharacteristicQ (3) W 10s.
Admiralty numberA5484
NGA number6144
ARLHS numberENG-106
Managing agentBristol Port Company[1]

Portishead Point Lighthouse, which is more commonly known as Battery Point Lighthouse, in Portishead, Somerset, England was built in 1931.


The 9-metre-high (30 ft) lighthouse was built at Battery Point by the Chance Brothers of Smethwick. It consists of a black metal pyramid on a concrete base.[2]

A two tonne fog bell, cast by Gillett & Johnston of Croydon,[3] which used to hang on the structure was removed in 1998. Following public campaigning for restoration the bell was acquired by Portishead Town Council and returned to the town in 2012.[4] It is installed in Wyndham Way close to the High Street.[5]

The lighthouse is currently maintained by the Bristol Port Company.[6] The light was refurbished in 2012.[7]

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  1. ^ Portishead Point Archived 11 March 2016 at the Wayback Machine The Lighthouse Directory. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Retrieved 28 April 2016
  2. ^ "Portishead Point Lighthouse". Worldwide lighthouses. Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 23 September 2012.
  3. ^ "Battery Point Lighthouse" (PDF). Portishead and North Weston Town Council Newsletter. September 2010. Archived from the original on 8 June 2015. Retrieved 23 September 2012.
  4. ^ "Old lighthouse bell hasn't tolled yet for town". This is Bristol. Archived from the original on 5 May 2013. Retrieved 23 September 2012.
  5. ^ Fowler, Tracey (17 April 2012). "Lighthouse bell to return home". Weston, Worle and Somerset Mercury. Archived from the original on 3 March 2016. Retrieved 23 September 2012.
  6. ^ "Portishead Point A5484 – Bristol Channel, UK". The Lighthouse Duo. Archived from the original on 9 September 2010. Retrieved 1 December 2009.
  7. ^ "Notice to marners (No 32 of 2012) Portishead light refurbishment". The BRistol Port Company. Retrieved 23 September 2012.[permanent dead link]

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