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Avonmouth Lighthouse.


Avonmouth

This was a 85 feet high stone built octagonal castellated tower lighthouse with two six roomed houses attached for the two keepers and families. It was built in 1839 by Trinity House at a cost of 8,219 and situated on the north eastern side of the River Avon roughly where the Avonmouth Docks are today. It had a traditional light lit by oil lamps which was exhibited for the first time on 25th May 1840 showing a fixed white light at an elevation of 73 feet and visible for 14 miles.

Under the Bristol Dock Railway Act 1901, the Bristol Corporation was compelled to build a new Lighthouse, upon completion of which the Trinity House light was to be discontinued. The light was made redundant in 1902 and demolished to make way for the current Avonmouth Docks. A temporary wooden structure lighthouse stood from 1902 until 1908 when the Docks were completed.

Today a 53 feet high Norwegian granite stone circular tower lighthouse with a traditional light visible for 18 miles and currently operated by the local Port Authority is situated at the end of the North pier in the Royal King Edward Docks. It was powered by electricity when built in 1908.

And there is a 30 feet Norwegian granite stone circular tower lighthouse with a traditional light visible for 10 miles and currently operated by the local Port Authority situated at the end of the South pier in the Royal King Edward Docks. It was powered by electricity when built in 1907.

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