Godrevy Lighthouse by Paul Thompson Photography

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Godrevy Lighthouse
Position 50 14’.5 N 05 23’.9 W
Godrevy Island is situated 3½ miles across St.Ives Bay, where rugged cliffs rise from the sea. Gulls, oyster-catchers and pipits make their homes on the island, which is partly covered with grass, as it slopes down to the sea. In springtime, carpets of brightly coloured primroses, sea thrift and heather bring beauty to the scene, for although the island is close to the mainland, it is open to the full force of Atlantic gales. A dangerous reef extends outwards towards St.Ives, called the Stones and on this many vessels have come to grief. On 30th November 1854, the iron screw steamer NILE was totally wrecked with the loss of all passengers and crew, and under public and mercantile pressure, Trinity House finally decided to erect a lighthouse in 1859. James Walker designed the station, and its welcome light shone out on 1st March of that same year. Two keepers were originally appointed to the lighthouse and they maintain the two lights, one a bright flashing white every 10 seconds, and the other fixed red, which marked the Stones Rocks. Their range was 17 and 15 miles respectively.

The white octagonal tower, 26 metres high, is made from rubble stone bedded in mortar, and is sited together with its adjoining keepers’ cottages almost in the centre of the largest of the rocks. The cost of the station was £7,082 15s 7d. The original optic revolved on rollers on a circular race and was driven by a clockwork motor. This motor was in turn driven by a large weight running down a cavity in the wall of the tower. The station was also equipped with a 3cwt bell as a Fog signal, and this was struck once every 5 seconds.

The lighthouse was altered in 1939, when a new 2nd order fixed catadioptric lens was installed, together with an acetylene burner. The fog bell was also removed, the keepers withdrawn and the lighthouse made automatic. Finally Godrevy Lighthouse was modernised in 1995 when it was converted to solar powered operation. The lighthouse is now monitored and controlled from the Trinity House Operations Control Centre at Harwich in Essex.

Established 1859
Height Of Tower 26 Metres
Height Of Light Above Mean High Water 37 Metres
Automated 1939
Solarised 1995
Lamp 75 Watt Tungsten Halogen
Optic 2nd Order 700 MM Fixed Optic With Red Sector
Character 1 White & Red Flash Every 10 Seconds
Intensity White Sector 4370 Candela Red Sector 817 Candela
Range Of Light White Sector 12 Seamiles,Red Sector 9 Seamiles
Godrevy Lighthouse

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ISO 800

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  • Harry Gray
    Harry Grayover 6 years ago

    awesome shot !!

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    Paul Thompson ...over 6 years ago

    Thanks Mr First

  • JayBakkerArt
    JayBakkerArtover 6 years ago

    Awesome ! Love it

  • cheers jay

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  • terezadelpilar~ art & architecture
    terezadelpilar...over 6 years ago


  • Thank you terezadelpilar

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  • Heloisa Castro
    Heloisa Castroover 6 years ago

    nice shot

  • Thanks Heloisa

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  • Nikki Collier
    Nikki Collierover 6 years ago


  • Thank you Nikki

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  • salander
    salanderover 6 years ago

    I love the power in the waves, nice shoot!

  • thanks salander

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  • Dohmnuill
    Dohmnuillover 6 years ago

    Great shot !

  • thank you for your comment Dohmnuill

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  • Meike
    Meikeabout 6 years ago

    OMG! I am speechless on that one.. In Germany we say “The candidate has 100 points” when it comes to a winning of a challenge or game. Thats a 100 points for me ;)

  • Thanks again Meike, this was another amazing night, I took this from inside the car and the wind was so strong it felt lke there were 2 rugby players trying to overturn the car

    – Paul Thompson Photography

  • kathy s gillentine
    kathy s gillen...about 6 years ago

    Fantastic shot Paul

  • Thanks again Kathy

    – Paul Thompson Photography

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