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The Cornish Guide - Cornwall / Kernow

The Cornish Guide - Cornwall / Kernow

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Godrevy Lighthouse, west Cornwall, sits about 300 metres offshore, close to  at the edge of St Ives Bay, and was built in 1858–1859 on the largest rock on what is known locally as Stones reef.


The Stones reef had always been a hazard to shipping and a lighthouse had been considered many times prior to 1858 but nothing came of plans until the SS Nile was wrecked on 11 November 1854, with the loss of all on board.


The lighthouse is 86 feet (26m) high and made entirely of rubble, stone and mortar. Originally, the light was manned by three men at a time, but in 1934 the lighthouse became automated. The light flashes white/red every ten seconds (with the red sector only being visible in the arc of danger from the reef!).


It also offers a focal point alont the north Cornish coast for those keen photographers and has no doubt adorned many a photo album!


The lighthouse is said to have inspired Virginia Woolf to write To the Lighthouse – although she locates the lighthouse in the Hebrides. She first visited on 12 September 1892, signing the visitors book, as did pre–Raphaelite painter William Holman Hunt who was in the same party.


Incidentally, the lighthouse's visitor book, containing the signature of Virginia Stephen (Woolf), was sold at auction at Bonhams on 22 November 2011 for £10,250!


Godrevy Lighthouse

Age group: 12+

Location: MID Cornwall


Contact: nr Camborne,

TEL: n/a


Gwithian 1 mile, Camborne 6 miles, Penzance 14 miles