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Lighthouse on Admiralty Pier

A Grade II Listed Building in Holyhead (Caergybi), Isle of Anglesey

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Coordinates

Latitude: 53.3142 / 53°18'51"N

Longitude: -4.6199 / 4°37'11"W

OS Eastings: 225566

OS Northings: 382899

OS Grid: SH255828

Mapcode National: GBR GMZY.6JT

Mapcode Global: WH429.0YBM

Entry Name: Lighthouse on Admiralty Pier

Listing Date: 25 July 1994

Last Amended: 29 March 1996

Grade: II

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 14758

Building Class: Maritime

Location: At the E end of Admiralty Pier.

County: Isle of Anglesey

Community: Holyhead (Caergybi)

Community: Holyhead

Locality: Salt Island

Traditional County: Anglesey

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History

Built 1821, by John Rennie (1761-1821), prominent engineer. In 1810 an Act of Parliament was passed which included much-needed improvement to the harbour at Holyhead which had by that time become established as the principal port of communication with Ireland; in particular it was the station for the Post Office steam packets. This work involved the construction of the Admiralty Pier and lighthouse to the east of Salt Island, and Harbour Master's Offices and Customs House, with the later addition of the George IV Arch.

Exterior

Lighthouse, approximately 14.6m high. Three storey tapering ashlar masonry tower (windows covered at time of inspection). Lantern is the second oldest in Wales after the Point of Ayr lighthouse, and has 3 tiers of square panes, and copper roof with finial. Gallery with bellied iron railings, carried on moulded cornice of tower.

Reasons for Listing

Listed as an integral part of the important harbour scheme designed by Rennie, and as a good and well-preserved example of an early C19 harbour light.

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