Work on the new high and low lights was begun in 1807.
Both towers are of white-painted ashlar, the High Light of four storeys, the Low Light of six. In each case the east face of the tower, facing the sea, is left plain and windowless, except on the lantern stage at the top where the lights shone out to sea. The lights were first lit on 1 May 1810.
By 1861 both lighthouses were lit by gas, and in December 1927, the Commission converted the two lights from incandescent gas to electricity. The new 100,000 candle-power lights had a range of 31 km.
In 1999 the lighthouse at Herd Groyne on the opposite bank of the Tyne had a high-intensity sector light installed for navigation into Tynemouth and along the river, whereupon the High and Low Lights were decommissioned and the buildings sold for housing.
The towers, however, continue to serve as day-marks for vessels entering the Tyne and both are Grade II listed buildings.
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