Sunday, July 23, 2017

Lighthouse of the Week, July 23-29, 2017: Godrevy, Cornwall, UK

Since the last lighthouse of the week was in Wales, I decided to slide over to England this week.  Did a quick look around, and settled on the Godrevy Lighthouse, in Cornwall.  It has a literary claim to fame.

Godrevy Lighthouse from the Cornwall Guide

Here's the literary claim to fame from the site above:

"The white 26-metre octagonal tower of Godrevy lighthouse was made famous by Virginia Woolfe in her novel 'To the Lighthouse', though she places it elsewhere in the book."

Godrevy Lighthouse from Trinity House

A very comprehensive historical description of the Godrevy Lighthouse, including geology.  Here's where it is:

"Godrevy Island, actually two barely separated rock masses, is situated 3½ miles across St. Ives Bay, stands nearest the headland and beyond it lie the Stones." (The Stones is the dangerous reef that led to the establishment of the lighthouse.)

So here's the basic lighthouse description:

"On 30 November 1854, the iron screw steamer Nile was wrecked with the loss of all passengers and crew; Trinity House decided to provide an aid to navigation to mark the hazard, erecting a lighthouse in 1859 to the design of consultant engineer James Walker. Its light was exhibited from 1 March. The white octagonal tower, 26 metres high, is made from rubble stone bedded in mortar, and is sited together with its adjoining keepers' cottages almost in the centre of the largest of the rocks."

Now that we've done all that, pictures and a video:

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