Happisburgh Lighthouse is the oldest working lighthouse in East Anglia and the only independently run lighthouse in Great Britain.
Built in 1790, originally one of a pair – the tower is 85ft tall, and the lantern is 134ft above sea level. The ‘low light’, which was discontinued in 1883, was 20ft lower, and the pair formed leading lights marking safe passage around the southern end of the treacherous Haisborough Sands.
Today the lighthouse is painted white with three red bands and has a light characteristic of Fl (3) W 30s (3 white flashes, repeated every 30 seconds) with a range of 18 miles.
Saved as a working light by the local community, it is maintained and operated entirely by voluntary contributions.
This image won a national bronze award in the Guild of Photographers IOM (Image of the Month) competition.
This photo was shot during gale force winds of above 80mph on the North Norfolk Coast in England, U.K. and features a family walking for cover in the distance to the right of the lighthouse.
Happisburgh Lighthouse remains under threat of being destroyed by the North Sea and is approximately 350+ meters from the cliff edge. This image was tough to shoot because of the weather conditions.
Image size: 6000×3376
File size: 5.2MB
Bit: 24 bit
Property/model release: No
Edited: Yes. Adobe Lightroom CC
Location: Happisburgh Lighthouse, Norfolk
Year took: 2020
Copyright owner: J. J. Williamson