WHITFORD POINT LIGHTHOUSE; WHITEFORD POINT LIGHTHOUSE

Site Details



NPRN
34289
Map Reference
SS49NW
Grid Reference
SS44389728
Unitary (Local) Authority
Swansea
Old County
Glamorgan
Community
Llangennith
Type of Site
LIGHTHOUSE
Broad Class
Maritime
Period
Post Medieval;19th Century

Site Description

Whitford Point is an unusual and handsome cast-iron lighthouse built in 1865 to mark the shoals of Whitford Point in the Burry Estuary, off the north-west tip of Gower. The 13.41m high tower is the only wave-swept cast-iron tower of such a size in Britain and at high tide it stands in over 6 metres of water. It replaced a wooden lighthouse of 1854, and retains parts of its early copper-sheeted roof and non-ferrous glazing bars. It is reached from the mainland of Whiteford Burrows/Burges Island by a causeway (NPRN 90531). The lighthouse was recorded as part of the survey work towards the Royal Commission’s book Lighthouses of Wales by Douglas Hague.
Source: Hague, D, 1994. Lighthouses of Wales, RCAHMW, pp85-6.
RCAHMW, 20 April 2009.

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