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Gorleston, Norfolk

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Gorleston (Range Rear) Lighthouse

Gorleston Lighthouse taken from the pier - Photo by Charles Shelbourne

A similar view from an old Photochrome postcard shows it soon after 1900.

Photo by Ashley Dace 

The River Yare makes a right angled bend to the east just before reaching the sea, and this lighthouse stands by the bend displaying its light through the river mouth.

Low or Harbour Light

In most cases where you get a rear light it is tall and you find a shorter light nearer to the sea. The old postcard image right shows a smaller lighthouse on the pier at Gorleston. Another image of it, is on the old postcard photo below from around 1915. This was probably the short light.  This light was set up in 1852.

From all the photos I can see. I don't think it exists now. I have been told that it was replaced by a harbour masters office around 1955, now used as a coastguard station, photo, and that this carries a red flashing light.

However a Google satellite view appears to show nothing now there.

Lighthouse information Grid


Gorleston (Range Rear) Lighthouse, Norfolk

Current status:

No - not sure, some accounts say it is working some it no longer is.

Geographic Position:


Grid Reference:


Ceremonial County:



Round brick towerr, unpainted, with lantern and gallery

Map Link:

Multimap    Get-A-Map

Aerial photo:

satellite view

Other photos:


Originally built:


Current lighthouse built:


Height of Tower:

21m   69ft

Height of light above mean sea level:

20m   66ft

Character of light:

was FL R 3s, some accounts give several lights at different heights up the tower.

Character of fog signal:

was Horn (3)60s

Range of light:


Owned / run by:

Great Yarmouth Port Authority

Getting there:






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


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