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St Catherine's Lighthouse

A Grade II Listed Building in Niton and Whitwell, Isle of Wight

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Latitude: 50.5757 / 50°34'32"N

Longitude: -1.2979 / 1°17'52"W

OS Eastings: 449812

OS Northings: 75339

OS Grid: SZ498753

Mapcode National: GBR 8CW.W43

Mapcode Global: FRA 875J.VL1

Entry Name: St Catherine's Lighthouse

Listing Date: 18 January 1967

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1209275

English Heritage Legacy ID: 392863

Location: Niton and Whitwell, Isle of Wight, PO38

County: Isle of Wight

Civil Parish: Niton and Whitwell

Traditional County: Hampshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Isle of Wight

Church of England Parish: Niton St John the Baptist

Church of England Diocese: Portsmouth

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Listing Text


1353-0/5/233 St Catherine's Lighthouse


Lighthouse. Built 1838-40. Designed by Walker and Burgess and
altered in 1875 when, on account of mist the height was
reduced to 86 feet by the removal of the upper stage and part
of the middle stage. Stuccoed octagonal tower of 2 stages.
Machicolations and castellated parapet surmounted by conical
light and ball finial and weathervane. In 1932 a lower tower
of 2 storeys, reproducing the design of the main lighthouse as
shortened, but with an open arcade on the ground floor, was
added on the south side to mount the foghorn. These 2 towers
are known locally as the Cow and the Calf. To the west of the
main Lighthouse tower is a doorway with the date 1838 over it
and a projection on the ground floor with gable above.
Attached to the east is the Head Lighthouse keeper's house of
1 storey with curved front and round headed window facing
east. This lighthouse was one of the first in the world to be
illuminated by electric light being fitted with it in 1888.
This is the third lighthouse to be built, the lst being the
old mediaeval pharos attached to St Catherine's Oratory, the
2nd being an unfinished lighthouse started in 1785 beside it
but abandoned don account of dense mists. St Catherine's
lighthouse was built as a result of the wreck of the
'Clarendon' in Chale Bay on the 11th October 1836.

Listing NGR: SZ4981275339

This text is from the original listing, and may not necessarily reflect the current setting of the building.

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