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Lighthouse on Breakwater Porthcawl Harbour

A Grade II Listed Building in Porthcawl, Bridgend

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Latitude: 51.4731 / 51°28'23"N

Longitude: -3.6997 / 3°41'59"W

OS Eastings: 282044

OS Northings: 176274

OS Grid: SS820762

Mapcode National: GBR H7.LG3J

Mapcode Global: VH5HN.T7GK

Entry Name: Lighthouse on Breakwater Porthcawl Harbour

Listing Date: 15 August 1991

Last Amended: 17 February 1998

Grade: II

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 11370

Building Class: Maritime

Location: Prominently sited on the curved outer end of the main breakwater at entrance to Porthcawl harbour.

County: Bridgend

Town: Porthcawl

Community: Porthcawl

Community: Porthcawl

Locality: Porthcawl Harbour

Built-Up Area: Porthcawl

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Built 1866 by Messrs Stephen of Bristol. Lantern replaced following destruction in storm of 1911 (photograph of 1909 shows pyramidal roof with weathervane); powered by town gas from rebuilding until converted to North Sea gas in 1974. Small scale development of harbour began in 1825 at the end of the Dyffryn Llynfi Porthcawl Railway to provide an outlet for iron and coal from the Llynfi Valley; further developed in 1840 and main breakwater extended by 100 yards (91.4 metres) in 1866 when lighthouse was installed. Following storm damage, lantern replaced with replica and placed in museum 1996.


Made of cast-iron painted black and white on a hexagonal painted stone base set on a rectangular stone plinth just behind outer sea wall. Tapered hexagonal tower, itself with battered plinth, with small vents bolted midway up each side and hinged metal door with handle and catches. Moulded band at top on which is set replaced bolted circular domed cap with small round finial; curved bolted frames to glazed panels; awaiting repairs following storm damage 1996. Metal ladder to door no longer extant.

Reasons for Listing

Included for its interest as an early cast iron lighthouse and for its importance in the second major stage of development of Porthcawl Harbour; group value with Jennings Warehouse, the Outer Basin, the Breakwater, the Look-out Tower, the Old Customs House.

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