St Anthony's Lighthouse

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St Anthony's Lighthouse
St Anthony's Lighthouse
St Anthony's Lighthouse is located in Cornwall
St Anthony's Lighthouse
Location St Anthony Head
Coordinates 50°08′28″N 5°00′58″W / 50.14115°N 5.016067°W / 50.14115; -5.016067Coordinates: 50°08′28″N 5°00′58″W / 50.14115°N 5.016067°W / 50.14115; -5.016067
Year first constructed 1835
Automated 1987
Construction granite tower
Tower shape octagonal tower with balcony and lantern attached to a 2-storey keeper's house
Markings / pattern white tower and lantern
Height 19 metres (62 ft)
Focal height 22 metres (72 ft)
Current lens 1st order fixed lens
Intensity white: 210,000 candela
red 42,000 candela
Range white:22 nautical miles (41 km; 25 mi)
red: 20 nautical miles (37 km; 23 mi)
Characteristic Iso WR 15s.
Admiralty number A0062
NGA number 0068
ARLHS number ENG 141
Managing agent Trinity House[1]
Heritage Grade II listed building Edit this on Wikidata

St Anthony's Lighthouse is the lighthouse at St Anthony Head, on the eastern side of the entrance to Falmouth harbour, Cornwall, UK. The harbour is also known as Carrick Roads and is one of the largest natural harbours in the world.


The lighthouse was built in 1835 by Olver of Falmouth, for Trinity House and the original light came from eight Argand oil lamps. The light source was changed to pressure vapour and later to electricity when electricity was connected in 1954. Today the light is automated, flashing every 15 seconds, with a red sector for The Manacles rocks and a range of 22 miles. A fog-bell was installed in 1882.[2] The fog horn blasts once every 30 seconds.[3] When the fog bell which hung from the gallery at the front of the tower, was dismantled in 1954, it was donated to a local church, but after many years of sitting on the church front lawn, was taken away to be melted down.

St. Anthony's lighthouse was featured in the intro of the UK version of Jim Henson's Fraggle Rock, as "The Fraggle Rock Lighthouse". Nearby St. Mawes is also featured in some scenes from the programme.

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  1. ^ St. Anthony's Head The Lighthouse Directory. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Retrieved 23 April 2016
  2. ^ "Falmouth". The Cornishman (193). 23 March 1882. p. 4.
  3. ^ Denton, Tony; Leach, Nicholas (2007). Lighthouses of England and Wales. Ashbourne: Landmark Publishing Ltd.

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