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Whitgift - Whitgift, East Riding of Yorkshire

Lighthouse category:  beacon

Position:  53° 42.0'N : 0° 45.0'W

Status: active

Date:  not known

Designer:  not known

Tower height:  46 feet

Construction: round, tapering, brick tower with lantern and gallery, on hexagonal stone base

Colour scheme: tower and lantern white, base unpainted

Focal plane height:  39 feet

Characteristics: continuous red light

Foghorn:  none

Google map view:  google map link


I have driven along the road past this light a thousand time and yet, every time I do so, I still find it mildly odd to see a lighthouse apparently standing in a farmer's field with no water of any kind in sight for miles.  I suspect, although I have never seen it wirtten down anywhere, that this may be the farthest inland lighthouse in England.  The usual sources are also somewhat unforthcoming with hard data for this one.  In particular I can find no source that quotes the date of construction.  There are numerous other navigational beacons along the banks of the Ouse between Trent Falls and Goole but this is the only one worthy of the description "lighthouse".  It belongs to the operators of the Port of Goole - Associated British Ports - and judging by the panel fixed to the gallery railings, is apparently solar powered.

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