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WHITFORD POINT LIGHTHOUSE; WHITEFORD POINT LIGHTHOUSE
- Map Reference
- Grid Reference
- Unitary (Local) Authority
- Old County
- Type of Site
- Broad Class
- Post Medieval;19th Century
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.