Skokholm Lighthouse

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Skokholm Lighthouse
Ynys Scogholm
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Skokholm Lighthouse
Skokholm Lighthouse is located in Wales
Skokholm Lighthouse
Location Skokholm island
United Kingdom
Coordinates 51°41′38″N 5°17′13″W / 51.693849°N 5.286933°W / 51.693849; -5.286933Coordinates: 51°41′38″N 5°17′13″W / 51.693849°N 5.286933°W / 51.693849; -5.286933
Year first constructed 1916
Automated 1983
Construction masonry tower
Tower shape octagonal tower with balcony and lantern on a 2-storey keeper’s house
Markings / pattern white tower and lantern
Height 18 metres (59 ft)
Focal height 54 metres (177 ft)
Current lens 4th Order (250mm) catadioptric rotating
Light source solar power
Intensity 742 candela
Range 8 nautical miles (15 km; 9.2 mi)
Characteristic Fl WR 10s.
Admiralty number A5282
NGA number 5604
ARLHS number WAL-022
Managing agent

Wildlife Trust of South and West Wales [1]

Heritage Grade II listed building Edit this on Wikidata

Skokholm Lighthouse is a lighthouse found on the small Welsh island of Skokholm, just off the south-west coast of Pembrokeshire.

Skokholm island, a Site of Special Scientific Interest, is owned and managed by the Wildlife Trust of South and West Wales. The site of the United Kingdom's first bird observatory, a great variety of birds can be found on what today is an uninhabited island.


The present lighthouse was constructed over several years up to 1915 and was officially opened in 1916. Forming a triangle of lights with South Bishop and the Smalls to protect shipping moving into and out of Milford Haven and the Bristol Channel, the lighthouse shines 20 miles (32 km).

Construction of the present lighthouse was only enabled after the construction of a new jetty. This enabled building materials to be landed, which were then moved to the site using a narrow gauge railway, initially powered by a donkey, then a pony, and finally a tractor. Once in operation, relief was provided by boat from Holyhead. Automated in 1983, it is now monitored and controlled from the Trinity House Operations Control Centre at Harwich in Essex.[3]

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  1. ^ Skokholm The Lighthouse Directory. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Retrieved 2 June 2016
  2. ^ Skokholm Lighthouse Trinity House. Retrieved 2 June 2016
  3. ^ "Skokholm Lighthoure". Trinity House. Retrieved 2 September 2010. 

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