The 9-metre-high lighthouse was built at Battery Point by the Chance Brothers of Smethwick and consists of a black metal pyramid on a concrete base.
Historically, the area has been important both from a defensive and navigational perspective. It was the site of an Elizabethan watch-tower, a Civil War battery, a Victorian coastal battery and the site of First and Second World War military coastal defences.
Originally the intention had been to provide Battery Point with a diaphone fog signal, but local unrest at that prospect forced a decision to commission a fog bell instead. The two tonne bell was cast by Gillett & Johnston of Croydon in 1938 and installed the following year.
Due to structural concerns the bell was removed in 1998; later, following public campaigning for restoration, the bell was acquired by Portishead Town Council and returned to the town in 2012. It is installed in Wyndham Way close to the High Street.
Refurbished in 2012, the lighthouse is currently maintained by the Bristol Port Company.
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