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Spurn High - Spurn Point, East Riding of Yorkshire

Lighthouse category:  coastal

Position:  53° 35.0'N : 0° 14.0'E

Status: inactive

Date:  1895

Designer:  Thomas Matthews

Tower height:  128 feet

Construction: round tapered brick tower with lantern and gallery

Colour scheme: tower black with horizontal white band, lantern white

Focal plane height:  not applicable

Characteristics: not applicable

Foghorn:  none

Google map view:  google map link

The history of lighthouses on the great sand spit of Spurn Head is complex, mostly because of the ever shifting nature of the spit itself.  The spit has been  lit, in one form or another, since the 15th Century.  Two lighthouses remain on the spit.  One, the High Light (shown here) is, substantially complete and the other, the Low Lite, is merely a remnant of its original tower.  The presence of the word "High" in the name implies that this was once one of a range pair.  However, piecing together the best evidence I can find from a variety of sources, suggests that it never did, in fact, function in that capacity.  An earlier High Light designed by James Smeaton, the designer of the third Eddystone Lighthouse, probably did though and its foundations remain visible close to the site of this light.  As well as the main light, this final version of the Highlight incorporated three steady subsidiary lights shining from lower down the tower, one of which covered an arc over the Humber, while the other two pointed out to sea over the Chequer shoal and Haile Sand buoy. This  arrangement of lights rendered the low light redundant and it was deactivated when the new light became operational. Spurn is a very isolated part of the East Riding, and is well worth a visit for a variety of reasons and not simply because of the lighthouses.  It is possible to drive down the road that runs virtually the whole length of the spit to give access to the various dwelling houses close to the southern end.  However, if you are paying a casual visit, you should be aware that the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust, which owns the point, make a small charge for cars to enter the site and that, because of its status as an important nature reserve, no dogs are allowed under any conditions.  You can find more information on the YWT site here

The photograph below gives a wider view of the High Light.

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