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South Gare Lighthouse, Loftus

Description: South Gare Lighthouse

Grade: II
Date Listed: 31 October 1990
English Heritage Building ID: 60391

OS Grid Reference: NZ5575628374
OS Grid Coordinates: 455756, 528374
Latitude/Longitude: 54.6474, -1.1375

Location: 51 York Road, Redcar TS10 5NX

Locality: Loftus
County: North Yorkshire
Country: England
Postcode: TS10 5NX

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Listing Text

The following item shall be added:-

NZ 52 NE
1/126 South Gare Lighthouse

The address shall be amended to read:
(off north side)
1/126 South Gare Lighthouse

and the description shall be amended to read:

Lighthouse, 1884 under direction of John Fowler, engineer to Tees
Conservancy Commissioners. Cast iron with copper dome and brass and glass
lantern-housing 18m. above sea at low water. Truncated Tuscan column on
pedestal lacking plinth or cornice but with chamfered top edge. Column
capped with octagonal lantern housing under narrow cornice and
hemispherical dome from which chimney and weather vane were removed c1980.
Hooded lifebuoy housings flank steel-plated 2-panel timber door in south
face of pedestal. Small portholes in north and south faces of column light
the staircase. Below the lantern a railed catwalk or balcony supported by
cusped brackets. INTERIOR: clad with varnish stained, vertical tongued-and-
grooved timber wainscotting. Wood and iron newel stair with patterned brass
tread nosings and handrail. Original paraffin lamp removed 1955. Now a
mains electricity-powered heliophotal lamp comprising two 1,000 watt bulbs
(one on standby). Auxiliary generator on standby. Lamp magnified to 92,000
watts by original glass lenses in rotating brass housing driven by hand-
wound escapement, now replaced by electric motors. Lamp produces flash of
1.5 seconds every 12 seconds, having range of 20 miles (32km.). The
adjacent fog horn is not of interest. The only privately owned light house
in England. The 2.5 mile (4km.) long South Gare Breakwater was constructed
of ironworks, slag and concrete between 1861 and 1888 to create a safe
harbour for shipping and to increase the draught of water for shipping in
the estuary of the River Tees.


NZ 52 NE
1/126 South Gare Lighthouse

Lighthouse. 1883 . Stone with iron dressings. Single storey square base with single metal
doorway on west side, flanked by single life belt housing. Above a circular shaft with a
moulded base, and above a projecting iron balcony supported on ornate iron brackets.Topped
by an octagonal light housing with a circular metal domed cap.

Listing NGR: NZ5575628374

This text is a legacy record and has not been updated since the building was originally listed. Details of the building may have changed in the intervening time. You should not rely on this listing as an accurate description of the building.

Source: English Heritage

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