La Corbiere lighthouse is situated on a tidal island with a causeway that links the lighthouse to shore at low tide. Despite an alarm to warn visitors of rising tides numerous visitors have been caught out bey the encroaching waves. A plaque adjacent to the causeway commemorates Peter Edwin Larbalestier, assistant keeper of the lighthouse, who was drowned on 28 May 1946, while trying to rescue a visitor cut off by the incoming tide.
The lighthouse tower is 19 m high and the lamp stands 36 m above high water spring tides. It was lit on 24 April 1874, for the first time, and was the first lighthouse in the British Isles to be built of concrete. The lighthouse was built to designs by Sir John Coode. The beam has a range of 33 km, and was automated in 1976.
The lighthouse at La Corbière is one of the most photographed landmarks in Jersey and is a popular tourist site for its panoramic views. It features on the Jersey 5 pound note and 20 pence piece. In the evenings the surrounding area provides an ideal viewing point for sunsets.
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