The Derelict Cast Iron Whiteford Point Lighthouse of South Wales

cast iron lighthouse abandoned in wales

The Whiteford Point Lighthouse (Whitford Point) is located on the Gower Peninsula, near Whiteford Sands, a little less than half a mile off the coast at Whiteford Point, in south Wales.

The dilapidated cast-iron Whiteford Point Lighthouse was built in 1865 by Llanelli Harbour and Burry Navigation Commissioners. The only wave-swept cast-iron lighthouse of this size it Britain, it was built to mark the shoals of Whiteford Point. The tower stands at a height of 44 feet, with the base being a 24 feet wide pitched stone apron, and goes to 11 feet 6 inches in width at lantern level. The lighthouse can be reached on foot at low tide.

The lighthouse was discontinued in the 1920’s but re-lit in the 1980’s. At the end of the 1980’s the lights solar unit failed and was removed and not replaced. It is now owned by Carmarthenshire County Council.

Listed as a Grade II by the Welsh Government and a Scheduled Ancient Monument for its rare survival as a wave-swept cast-iron lighthouse, as well as, an important work of cast-iron architecture.

Here you can take a walk along some of the best lighthouses in Wales.

Where is the abandoned cast iron Whiteford Point Lighthouse located? You can find it with these coordinates. 51.652575,-4.251076.

All images used under Creative Commons License Attribution 2.0 Generic. All Images by Thomas Guest / Flickr.

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