Mumbles Lighthouse #1

by David Nurse September. 15, 2020 654 views

Mumbles is a small coastal village near the city of Swansea in South Wales.

It sits at the eastern edge of the Gower peninsular much of which forms the first area in the United Kingdom to be designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

Mumbles or as we call it "The Mumbles" is a beautiful place to visit and I'm confident that the village will be the subject of a future blog but for now, it is the lighthouse that takes centre stage.

Built-in 1794 the tower is 17 metres high and stands on the outer of the two outlying small islands on Mumbles head between Swansea Bay and Bracelet bay.

It is 35 metres above mean high water and is one of the most photographed buildings in the area.

The Swansea Harbour Trustees were given the power to provide a lighthouse at the outer Mumbles in the Harbour Act of 1791; in July 1792 work began, but while in construction the structure collapsed in October of the same year.

In 1793 the plans of the local architect William Jernegan were accepted and the lighthouse was finally completed and lit in 1794.

Originally lit by two coal fires it was then converted to oil then a further upgrade in 1860, saw the oil-powered light upgraded to a dioptric light.

A flashing mechanism was added in 1905 and this was automated in 1934.

The lamp was electrified in 1969.

By the late 1970s the lantern was corroded and was replaced in 1987.

In 1995, the main light was replaced and an array of solar panels added.

Around the base is a fort or battery which surrounds the southern side of the lighthouse. it was built in 1860 by the War Department. It is one of the many Palmerston Forts built in response to a perceived French invasion.

It mounted five 80 pounder rifled muzzle-loading (RML) guns, two in casemates and three on the roof

In 1940 two 4.7-inch guns were manned by men of the 531st (Glamorgan) Coast Regiment, Royal Artillery. Well before the end of the war, as the German threat decreased, the battery was placed into care and maintenance.

Very near to the lighthouse is Mumbles pier the second landmark of Mumbles.

Built and opened on the 10th of May 1898 at a cost of £10,000

During a major renovation in 2012, a new lifeboat station and Royal National Lifeboat institution gift shop was built at the end of the pier and fishing platforms added.

The original Red and cream coloured lifeboat station can be seen alongside the new station.

I have titled this blog #1 as the lighthouse is accessable at low tide and I intend to visit the island and take more images of this landmark.

But for now I hope you enjoy these distant images.

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Jay Boggess 8 months, 3 weeks ago

Lovely series! I've always wanted to visit Wales, since some my ancestors were from

ps...thanks for "liking" my Smokey Sunset images...

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Adrian Morris 9 months ago

Great pictures. Our daughter lived in Swansea for a while. When we visited her we stayed at the Mumbles. Beautiful area.

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David Nurse Replied to Adrian Morris 8 months, 4 weeks ago

Yes it is a beautiful place. Thanks for your comments

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Antonio Gil 9 months ago

Very good pictures here my friend. Last one is amazing.

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David Nurse Replied to Antonio Gil 8 months, 4 weeks ago

Thank you, glad you enjoyed them.

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Heike 9 months ago

Great series of photos and very interesting informations.

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David Nurse Replied to Heike 8 months, 4 weeks ago

Thank you for your comments.

8 months, 4 weeks ago Edited

Enjoyable images and story to go with

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David Nurse Replied to Gone Fishing Without A Pole 8 months, 4 weeks ago

Thank you.

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