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Anvil Point Lighthouse

Swanage, Dorset

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Photo by Andy Jamieson 

Anvil Point Lighthouse,  was completed in 1881, it is built of local stone. It is a white tower located on a cliff top, with buildings next to it.

It was opened by Neville Chamberlain's father, then Minister of Transport.

The light is positioned to give a waypoint for vessels on passage along the English Channel coast. To the west it gives a clear line from Portland Bill and to the east guides vessels away from the Christchurch Ledge and leads them into the Solent.

The light was originally illuminated by a paraffin vapour burner. In 1960 the station was modernised and converted from oil to mains electricity. The old fog signal, a 5 minute canon, was replaced in 1981 by new automatic equipment. The fog signal has now been discontinued. Anvil Point Lighthouse was automated on 31st May 1991 and is monitored and controlled from the Trinity House Centre at Harwich.

It now uses a 250mm lens, the original Fresnel lens is on display at The Science Museum in South Kensington, London.

The pubic can visit, see opening times and other information below.


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Old postcard view - date not known

Lighthouse information Grid


Anvil Point Lighthouse

Current status:

Lighthouse is in use, Open to visitors - see below

Geographic Position:

50 35'.48 N 01 57'.51 W

Grid Reference:


Ceremonial County:



Cliff top White Tower by buildings.

Round cylindrical stone tower with lantern and gallery, painted white with green trim, attached to 1 storey keeper's quarters

Map Link:

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Aerial photo:

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Originally built:


Current lighthouse built:


Height of Tower:

12m 39ft

Height of light above mean sea level:

45m 149ft

Character of light:

White Flash Every 10 Seconds

Character of fog signal:


Range of light:

24 Miles

Owned / run by:

Trinity House


TH    TH open

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Cottages available for holiday rental



Lighthouse Visit Planning Grid

Name: Anvil Point Lighthouse
Grid Reference: SZ029768


Anvil Point Lighthouse is situated within the grounds of Durlston Country Park and approximately 2 miles up the hill from Swanage town centre.

Getting there: At the end of Lighthouse Road about 3km (2 mi) south of Swanage


There is a large public car park at Durlston Country Park at the start of the approach road.






07818 268191 or 01255 245011

Email: anvilpoint.keeper@talktalk.net

Opening times:

See Trinity House Open times   of when this is open and

Trinity house Lighthouse closure page

A PDF can be downloaded relevant to the 2010 year.


Adults 2.50, Children (up to 16) 1, Family (2+3) 7

Best Times to Visit: Check opening, access and tide times.



Things To Do, See and Photograph:

Lighthouse, coastal, wildlife, plants, possibly ships.

What to take:

Shoes suitable for climbing many steps, small bag with necessary items, Camera, selected lenses and filters.

Nature highlights:

Coastal birds

Photo Restrictions:

None Known

Other Restrictions: None Known
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For more articles, lists and other information see the Lighthouses Section

Lighthouse Map of England and Wales

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List of Minor Lighthouses and Lights - England and Wales

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By:  Keith Park   Section: Lighthouses Key:
Page Ref: Anvil_Point Topic: Lighthouses Last Updated: 06/2010


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