Lighthouses in Burnham on Sea,
Bristol Channel, UK




Burnham Front Light, A5570

Burnham Rear Light

Latitude 51 deg 14.9 min N


Longitude 3 deg 0.3 min W


Height of tower 9 meters

Height of tower 30 m

Elevation 7 meters

Elevation 27 meters

Character Fl W 7.5s

Occ W 7.5s

Range 9 M

Range 17 M

The Rev. David Davies was granted a lease for a permanent light in Burnham on Sea, in the early nineteenth century. This was a lucrative enterprise. The dues were five shillings for British ships, ten for foreign ones and three shillings for coastal vessels. And the port of Bridgwater, a little further up the river, was getting increasingly busy.
In 1829 Trinity House bought the lease. Three years on a pair of leading lights was built to guide ships into the river Parrett.
The rear light is now a private residence and not open to the public, while the low light, though not actually open, can easily be seen on the beach.







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