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Situated on one of the most rugged and exposed peninsulas in the English Channel, Start Point lighthouse has shone for the benefit of seafarers for over 170 years. During that time the lighthouse has undergone electrification and automation but its prime function and purpose remains undiminished.

James Walker’s design for the tower was approved in 1834 with construction being completed two years later. Walker was Trinity House’s consultant engineer from1825 to 1862 and during that time designed 29 lighthouses including Wolf Rock, Bishop Rock and the Needles. At the time there was considerable debate as to whether the light should be situated at Prawle Point or Start Point but the Elder Brethren (equivalent to a board of Directors) of Trinity House finally ruled in favour of its present position.

Tours are available throughout the summer season, please check the

Contact details:

Visitor Information Tel: 01803 834224

Address: Start Point Lighthouse, Stokeham, Kingsbridge, Devon, TQ7 2ET

13211892 – the 1836 lighthouse at start point devon england uk
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