Week In Focus #10

This is picture #10 of a weekly Photo Challenge that I set myself – there is no particular theme. Today’s photo is of one of the weathered lighthouses at Whitehaven harbour in West Cumbria.

  • This photo was taken on my mobile phone and edited in Photoshop.

Work on building the The West Pier Lighthouse (pictured) was completed around 1839, and officially opened in 1841. The white tower with red trim is built into the breakwater which has two levels, joined by cases of 17 steps. The lighthouse is 14 metres high in total, but the full height of the tower can not be seen from the sea, because the breakwater wall is several metres taller on the seaward side. It is a simple stone lighthouse with glazed lantern and ogival cupola.

The flashing green light, housed within a glass lantern, shows once every 5 seconds and is visible for 8 nautical miles. From this location you can see at least 3 other lighthouses, including the other towers within the harbour and the Trinity House Lighthouse at St. Bees Head, just south, which unsurprisingly, as a result of the area’s strong connection with the coal industry, was the last coal powered lighthouse in England.

  • Both of Whitehaven’s historic lighthouses are due to be renovated this year, with a cash injection of £40,000 from the UK Government, and it’s about time! Allowing them to degrade as they have done so, is disgusting. Those responsible for the lack of maintenance should hang their heads in shame.
Whitehaven West Pier Lighthouse
Whitehaven West Pier Lighthouse


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