Lighthouses

Here are pictures of all the lighthouses I’ve come across on my coastal walk. Click on the picture to go to an external page with more information.

For those people really into lighthouses (and that doesn’t include me), there are technical details of all these here. But then, if you’re really into lighthouses, you probably already knew about that web page 😏.


Pharos Lighthouse

Pharos Lighthouse (10)

Pharos Lighthouse is a 28m tall Runcorn red sandstone lighthouse situated in Fleetwood., and was built in 1840. Unusually for a functioning lighthouse, it stands in the middle of a residential street – Pharos Street. It’s officially the ‘Upper Lighthouse’, but has been known as the ‘Pharos’ since its construction, after the ancient lighthouse Pharos of Alexandria, to which it bears no resemblance whatsoever, apart from being tall with a light on top. As lighthouses go, that’s not a very distinguishing feature.

Beach Lighthouse

Beach Lighthouse (10)

The Beach Lighthouse (also known as the Lower Light) is a 13m tall sandstone lighthouse situated in Fleetwood. The Lower Light stands on Fleetwood sea front and was built with its counterpart—the Upper Light, or Pharos Lighthouse— to provide a navigational guide to shipping entering the Wyre estuary. Together the lights provide a leading line when the Pharos Light is directly above that of the Lower Light.

Plover Scar Lighthouse

Plover Scar Lighthouse (12)

The Plover Scar Lighthouse was built in 1847, as the lower light of a pair of leading lights. In March 2016, the lighthouse was badly damaged when it was struck by a passing commercial vessel, which was navigating its way at night to Glasson Docks. Substantial damage was caused by the impact. The upper section of stone wall was nudged a foot off-centre and metal strengthening bands around the lighthouse snapped. Repairs involved partially dismantling the stone tower. Over 200 stone blocks from the dismantled tower were taken to a worksite on the beach and numbered so that they could be reassembled in place. Repair works were completed in May 2017.

Heysham South Pier Lighthouse

Heysham South Pier Lighthouse (12)

This 6m active lighthouse was built in 1904 and is situated at the end of a long walk along the seaward side of Heysham Nuclear Power Station at the end of the south pier – the walk is a dead end so don’t bother unless you’re really into lighthouses. I didn’t know that.

It has a green light as it is on the starboard side when entering the port. It is a cylindrical cast-iron tower with a lantern and gallery. It is still active, and is operated by Peel Ports Heysham.

Heysham docks

Heysham harbour (12)

Built in 1904, but inactive since at least 1916. It sits about 9m tall. When Heysham Harbour was built in 1904, this lighthouse was apparently built to warn small craft to avoid the adjacent rocky shoal called Near Naze. Nerby to it is the remains of another lighthouse that no-one seems to know much about.

Morecambe jetty lighthouse

Morecambe jetty lighthouse (13)

There’s not much information about this one. It’s situated on the stone jetty in Morecambe. It sits next to what was a small railway station which took passengers to and from the steamers to Ireland that used to dock here. The station building was built in the early 1850s, with the octagonal lighthouse added shortly afterwards.

Rampside Leading Light

Rampside Lighthouse (19)

Rampside Leading Light, also known as “The Needle”, is a navigation beacon located in the Rampside area of Barrow-in-Furness. Built in 1875, it is the only surviving example of 13 such beacons built around Barrow during the late 19th century to aid vessels into the town’s port. It stands 20 metres tall and is constructed from red and yellow bricks. It’s not a particularly attractive thing.

Hodbarrow Old Lighthouse

Hodbarrow Old Lighthouse (22)

The old lighthouse was built in the 1870s and is situated on a rise overlooking the sea and the Duddon Estuary. It is also known as Hodbarrow Beacon. The lighthouse was built to aid ships taking iron ore from the harbour of the Hodbarrow mine. The mine was opened in 1856 and ceased operations in 1968. This lighthouse represents one of the last remaining structures of the mine.

Hodbarrow New Lighthouse

Hodbarrow New Lighthouse (22)

Built in 1905 to replace the old lighthouse (see above). It was inactive between 1949 and 2003 but is now privately maintained and active. Prefabricated by Cochrane and Co., this lighthouse was built and operated privately by the Hodbarrow Mining Company to guide ships serving its iron mines in the Haverigg area.

After it fell into disrepair, in 2003 it received £20,000 of Heritage Lottery Fund money to restore it to its former glory. The restoration project was run by the Haverigg Lighthouse Committee with the support of Haverigg Primary School.