Pendeen Lighthouse, I love the coastline along this stretch of Cornwall. Rugged and desolate, the ideal place to find a quiet corner of the world to watch the sea and think.Tracy and I have been wanting to take pictures here for a while, in 2018 on a windy day we were successful.
The coastline from here to St Ives was notorious for its dangers to shipping. Because of this in 1891 Trinity House made the decision to build a lighthouse here with associated foghorn. The project was completed in 1900 and commissioned on the 26th September.
Pendeen Lighthouse.1: The lighthouse and buildings were constructed by Arthur Carkeek of Redruth. As a result of the rough terrain the area had to be flattened before building could begin.
Pendeen Lighthouse.2: The lighthouse is 17m high. Due to being situated on a high cliff it is 59m above mean sea level.
Pendeen Lighthouse.3: The lighthouse was automated in 1995. The keepers sadly left the site on 3rd May.
Pendeen Lighthouse.4: A wider view showing more of the buildings on the site.
Pendeen Lighthouse.5: The light here has a range of 16 nautical miles. Still in use today it produces four flashes every fifteen seconds. The site is grade II listed.
Pendeen Lighthouse.6: This is the boundary wall surrounding the site. On the left of the image is the huge Foghorn trumpets.
Pendeen Lighthouse.7: A closer image of the foghorn. The building below contained contained a pair of Hornsby oil engines providing compressed air for the twin 5-inch sirens. These sounded through vertical curved trumpets as seen in the image.
Pendeen Lighthouse.8: This image is quite effective. Framed by the surrounding wall the top of the lighthouse from a low angle.
Pendeen Lighthouse.9: A final view of the lighthouse. This was taken looking across the processing floors of Boscaswell Downs Mine.
For more information on this and other light houses, can be found here: Trinity House.