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Spurn Point Low - Spurn Point, East Riding of Yorkshire

Lighthouse category:  coastal

Position:  53°34' 44.26"N : 0° 6' 57.56"E

Status: inactive

Date:  1852

Designer:  not known

Tower height:  90 feet

Construction: round stone tower (lantern removed)

Colour scheme: once white, now unpainted

Focal plane height:  not applicable

Characteristics: not applicable

Foghorn:  not applicable

Google map view:  google map link

This photograph shows the mortal remains of the final light in the sequence of Low Lights at Spurn.  This one was built in 1852 and lasted until 1895 when it was rendered redundant by the latest High Light.  I have read several references that refer to this as a "brick tower" but, from the evidence in this image, I believe that to be false (perhaps confusion resulted from an earlier brick built tower in roughly the same spot).  This tower (or what's left of it) certainly appears to be of stone construction.  Close examination of the original image reveals that some of the original white paintwork is still clinging tenaciously to the tower.  Spurn was once an important military installation with coastal artillery guarding the entrance to the Humber and, for a while after it was deactivated, the Low Light was used as an explosives store.  Later still a water tank was installed on top of the tower and this is still in place.  At low tide the tower can viewed from any angle that takes your fancy so lighting shouldn't be a problem.

The photo below shows both the truncated Low Light and the redundant High Light and gives some idea of the original range alignment.

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