Southwold Lighthouse, Southwold

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Southwold lighthouse is a lighthouse operated by Trinity House in the centre of Southwold in Suffolk, England. It stands on the North Sea coast, acting as a warning light for shipping passing along the east coast and as a guide for vessels navigating to Southwold harbour.The lighthouse, which is a prominent local landmark, was commissioned in 1890, and was automated and electrified in 1938. It survived a fire in its original oil-fired lamp just six days after commissioning and today operates a 150-watt lamp. The main navigation lamp has a range of 24nmi.HistoryConstruction of the lighthouse began in 1887, led by Sir James Douglass, Engineer in Chief of Trinity House. A light was lit on a temporary structure in February 1889 and the lighthouse itself began operating on 3 September 1890. It replaced three lighthouses that had been condemned as a result of serious coastal erosion. The lantern itself was previously used at the Happisburgh low lighthouse but became available when the latter light was demolished.The original light was powered by a six-wick Argand oil burner. Just six days after the light was commissioned there was a fire in the lighthouse with the burner being destroyed. The inexperience of the new lighthouse keepers was blamed for the fire. The burner was replaced with an oil-fired light in 1906 and a petroleum burner in 1923. The light was electrified and automated in 1938. It was converted to battery operation, with the batteries charged using mains electricity, in 2001.
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  • An interesting and educational visit. Our young grandson loved climbing all the stairs to reach the top of the lighthouse. Stunning views of Southwold. Where else would you encounter a lighthouse on t...  more »
  • Walking from Lowestoft to Southwold or Dunwich to Southwold the white flashing light of the lighthouse is visible for miles. It's a very elegant light house.  more »
  • Signed up for the lighthouse tour as I'd never been up inside a lighthouse before. There are a lot of stairs to climb at the start of the tour, after all you are climbing up inside a lighthouse. So pe...  more »
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  • This place is fantastic! The town, the lighthouse, the sea: lovely sandy beach. It’s really excellent - if you’re in the area check it out!
  • Great place for coffee, shopping and sight seeing. Loved the funny mirrors and the cut-outs for photos at the far end.
  • Very good bit of a pleb on the till tho .
  • Great place for peaceful walk along the seafront.
  • Enjoyable experience great view . Easy to find.
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