Whiteford Point Lighthouse is located off the coast at Whiteford Point near Whiteford Sands, on the Gower Peninsula, south Wales.
Whiteford Point Lighthouse is an unusual cast-iron lighthouse built in 1865 located near Whiteford Sands, on the Gower Peninsula, south Wales.
Designed by John Bowen of Llanelli, to mark the shoals of Whiteford Point, it replaced an earlier piled structure from 1854, of which nothing remains. It is the only wave-swept cast-iron tower of this size in Britain.
The tower is 13 m high and stands just above low-water level. The base is about 24 feet (7.3 m) in diameter and rises gracefully to a diameter of 11 feet 6 inches (3.51 m) at lantern level. A pitched stone apron surrounds the base of the lighthouse.
The lighthouse was discontinued in 1920, when responsibility for the light was transferred to Trinity House, who decided to establish a new beacon at Burry Holms.
However, after pleas from local yachtsmen, the light was relit in the 1980s but when the solar unit later failed, the light was removed and not replaced.
However, the lighthouse still has navigational value in daylight. It is now owned by Carmarthenshire County Council.
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