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West Blockhouse Point Beacons

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Characteristic  F W
Opened  1957
Automated  1957
Height  11 m
Focal height  54 m
Year first constructed  1957
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Location  West Blockhouse Point Dale Pembrokeshire Wales United Kingdom
Construction  three reinforced concrete towers
Tower shape  octagonal prism tower with cantilevered octagonal platform
Markings / pattern  unpainted tower, black and white painted daymark
Admiralty number  A5286 A5286.1 (east tower) A5286.2 (west tower)
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The West Blockhouse Point Beacons are three leading light beacons, they perform the same function as a lighthouse and are situated on the promontory to the west side of the entrance to Milford Haven, and lie about a mile north-east of St. Ann’s Head in Pembrokeshire, Wales. They consist of three octagonal reinforced-concrete towers of 30 feet (9.1 m), 37 feet (11 m) and 46 feet (14 m) in height, with sides 1.5 feet (0.46 m) in width, surmounted by cantilevered octagonal concrete platforms on which stand sealed-beam lights. The lights are accessed by ladders which extend up the columns through an opening in the platform. Each column carries a steel daymark painted black and white.

There is also a leading light beacon on the cliff below West Blockhouse Fort, set up by Trinity House engineers in 1957. This has a second-hand round metal lantern (ex Rame Head) which is 2 feet 7 inches (0.79 m) in diameter, supported on a bolted iron pedestal, standing on a concrete platform cantilevered from the cliffs and reached by a steeply descending flight of steps.

The beacons are operated by the Milford Haven Conservancy Board and are approached via Dale then the road to St Ann’s Head, turning left into Maryborough Farm Road, and then taking a right turn.

References

West Blockhouse Point Beacons Wikipedia


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