Flatholm Lighthouse was built in 1737 in the busy shipping lanes where the Bristol Channel meets the Severn Estuary; the tower was re-engineered in 1820 and 1866.
The first light on the island was a simple brazier mounted on a wooden frame, which stood on the high eastern part of the island. However the Society of Merchant Venturers of Bristol found the brazier to be unreliable and petitioned the general lighthouse authority, Trinity House, for an actual lighthouse.
By 1737 a 21m tall tower had been built privately but was severely damaged during a storm and after some delay was eventually repaired and raised to 27m at which point Trinity House took over the lease and embarked on a century and a half of improvements.
In 1988 the lighthouse was automated and in 1997 the light was converted to solar power.
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