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Durlston Head 2/7

Anvil Point Lighthouse is built of local stone and was completed in 1881. It was opened by Neville Chamberlain's father, then Minister of Transport. The lighthouse tower is twelve metres tall, the height of the light above the high-water mark is 45 m (148 ft). The light is positioned to give a waypoint for vessels passing along the English Channel coast. Originally the light was illuminated by a paraffin vapour burner. During 1960, the lighthouse was modernised and electrified. It was fully automated on 31 May 1991 and is now monitored and controlled from the Trinity House Operations Control Centre at Harwich.

Durlston Head 2/7

Anvil Point Lighthouse is built of local stone and was completed in 1881. It was opened by Neville Chamberlain's father, then Minister of Transport. The lighthouse tower is twelve metres tall, the height of the light above the high-water mark is 45 m (148 ft). The light is positioned to give a waypoint for vessels passing along the English Channel coast. Originally the light was illuminated by a paraffin vapour burner. During 1960, the lighthouse was modernised and electrified. It was fully automated on 31 May 1991 and is now monitored and controlled from the Trinity House Operations Control Centre at Harwich.

comments (11)

  • Ray
  • Not Germany...
  • 27 Feb 2018, 02:02
Beautiful!
Brian Walbey: Thanks Ray.
Such a lovely place - and photo of it!
Brian Walbey: I'm pretty certain you and Frank would enjoy walking here, and the views all around.
  • Martine
  • France
  • 27 Feb 2018, 06:48
Jolie vue de ce phare.
Brian Walbey: There are some lovely views out to sea from this point.
  • Chris
  • Not Nowhere
  • 27 Feb 2018, 07:20
Amazing isn't it that right up to 1960 they were using paraffin for this light. How times change..
Brian Walbey: Yes it went electric in 1960 and was automted in 1991.
  • gutteridge
  • Somewhere in deep space
  • 27 Feb 2018, 08:33
A lovely collection of buildings.
Brian Walbey: I did wonder what all the little ones were for.
Being a lighthouse keeper was a great job if you didn't like people
Brian Walbey: I don't know how they could have worked in lightouses stuck out on a rock in the middle of the ocean, what a way to earn a living.
Everything is remotely controlled nowadays, in a communications meltdown things would grind to a halt.
Brian Walbey: Presumably they are all fitted with emergency generators otherwise chaos would reign if the power failed.
The foreground of yellow flowers sets this off perfectly.
Brian Walbey: The flowers are on a line of Gorse bushes alongside the footpath.
  • Lisl
  • England
  • 27 Feb 2018, 15:26
So good to see these familiar places. I guess Alan and Chris will know them well, too
Brian Walbey: Yes both Alan and Chris know this veryw ell. Alan went into the Tilly Whim caves when they were still open to the public and I have a feeling I did also back in 1971.
  • Anne
  • United Kingdom
  • 27 Feb 2018, 16:15
It looks a lovely place.
Brian Walbey: It is a lovely length of our coast Anne.
  • Alan
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 27 Feb 2018, 20:36
I didn't realise that the light was only electrified relatively recently. Did you know that you can now rent one of the two cottages there for a holiday?
Brian Walbey: I can imagine it would be quite a nice place to rent a cottage.

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