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Hale Head Lighthouse

Hale, Lancashire

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Aerial Photo by Marinas.com More images available

Photo by Mike Pennington

This disused lighthouse at Hale Head, to the south east of Liverpool, was built on the site of an earlier lighthouse dating from 1838 and was completed in 1907. It is now a private residence.

The original light was built 70 years earlier with a shorter stack. The tower is 45ft tall, or according to another source 58ft tall, the lamp was 70ft above sea level.

The lenses are in the Merseyside Maritime Museum. The 250 candle power lamp was lit by oil, and it is said that the beam was visible 40 miles away.

The widest part of the Mersey estuary is around here. The water is deserted now, though only a 100 years ago it was busy with shipping supplying the industries up river. There are sandstone outcrops and a small sandy beach.

During the Second World War, the beacon continued to shine. This attracted the attention of enemy aircraft, and bombs were dropped in the vicinity. On one occasion the keeper's wife was machine gunned, from the air, as she was opening the lighthouse shutters.

The light was extinguished "as an experiment" in 1958, but the arrangement became permanent and the equipment was removed. The lighthouse now forms part of a riverside private residence, it is not open to the general public. It is however a listed building.

It is a wonderfully isolated spot for walkers, cyclists and bird watchers, also for Killer Whale watchers, as one was stranded near here in October 2001. The Frodsham and Helsby Hills are across the water.

Photo by Mike Pennington 

Comparing with this old photograph you can see the amount of erosion that has occurred to the river bank, its now been necessary to build a wall to protest the lighthouse.

In this old photo you can see one of the light keepers and
the fog bell, is visible in both pictures.


Lighthouse information Grid

Name:

Hale Head Lighthouse, Hale, Lancashire

Current status:

No longer in use last used 1958

Geographic Position:

5319′21″N 247′39″W / 53.3225N 2.7941W

Hale Lighthouse is situated on the shoreline of the famous "River Mersey", slightly south of the village and at the end of what is locally known as "The Lighthouse Lane", which is at the end of Church Road.

Grid Reference:

SJ471809      Postcode L24 4AZ

Ceremonial County:

Lancashire

Appearance:

While tower

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Originally built:

1838

Current lighthouse built:

1906/1907

Height of Tower:

45ft another source says 58ft 17.5m

Height of light above mean sea level:

70ft

Character of light:

none

Character of fog signal:

none

Range of light:

 

Owned / run by:

Privately owned

Getting there:

On the north bank of the Mersey about 4km (2.5 mi) east of Liverpool John Lennon Airport. Accessible by an easy walk of about 1200m (3/4 mile) from Hale Church.

Access:

Private house and grounds

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