Winterton Lighthouse

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Winterton Lighthouse
Winterton Lighthouse Norfolk.jpg
Winterton Lighthouse
Winterton Lighthouse is located in Norfolk
Winterton Lighthouse
Coordinates52°42′47″N 1°41′43″E / 52.712963°N 1.695273°E / 52.712963; 1.695273Coordinates: 52°42′47″N 1°41′43″E / 52.712963°N 1.695273°E / 52.712963; 1.695273
Year first constructed1616 (first)
1687 (second)
Year first lit1840 (current)
Constructionbrick tower
Tower shapecylindrical tower with balcony and lantern
Markings / patternwhite tower, black lantern
Tower height19 metres (62 ft)
ARLHS numberENG-310
Managing agentnow a private residence

Winterton Lighthouse is located in Winterton-on-Sea in the English county of Norfolk.[1]


A lighthouse has been known to have stood in this location since the 17th century The first lighthouse was constructed between 1616 and 1618 and was destroyed by fire. It was rebuilt in 1687 and had an octagonal tower and was privately owned by the Turner family. The owners were entitled to a penny for every ton for every ship that sailed within the light. It can be seen clearly on Faden's large-scale map (at one inch to the mile) of the county of Norfolk of 1779,[2] and Bryant's map of 1826.

In 1836, the lighthouse was bought out by Trinity House. They built the present tower in 1840,[3] and in 1868 installed a large (first-order) fixed optic (engineered by James Chance).[4]

During the World War I, the present lighthouse became a military lookout post. Soon after, in 1921, the lighthouse ceased operations. In 1921, the lighthouse and its cottage were turned into a private residence and its lantern was replaced by a circular observation room.

World War Two[edit]

The lighthouse was used as a military lookout post in during World War II. At this time, the tower was strengthened with brick and concrete above the level of observation room and a gallery was added. The lighthouse was then used for observation for the Winterton Emergency Coastal battery. The adjoining buildings were also used by the Coastal Battery's garrison.

Post war period[edit]

After the war, the lighthouse was the home of Viscount Elmley, M.P. for East Norfolk. In 1970, or perhaps earlier, the lighthouse and cottage became part of the Hermanus holiday complex. In 2000, the lighthouse and cottage were sold again and is now two private dwellings, one in the tower, the other in the cottage. In 2012 the flat-roofed observation room on top of the tower was removed and replaced with a lantern structure, giving the tower an altogether more lighthouse-like appearance once again.[5]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Ordnance Survey (2005). OS Explorer Map OL40 - The Broads. ISBN 0-319-23769-9.
  2. ^ Faden’s Map of Norfolk 1797, Digitally redrawn in 2005 by Andrew Macnair. North Central Map ISBN 978-0-9550398-2-9
  3. ^ "Record details". Norfolk Heritage Explorer. Retrieved 24 February 2019.
  4. ^ Chance, James Frederick (1902). The Lighthouse Work of Sir James Chance, Baronet (PDF). London: Smith, Elder & co. p. 166. Retrieved 24 February 2019.
  5. ^ Picture of Winterton Lighthouse