Orfordness Lighthouse

Threatened by coastal erosion, this iconic building is at imminent risk of falling into the sea.

Now in the hands of the Orfordness Lighthouse Trust, we are committed to keeping this much loved monument standing for as long as possible and to preserve its legacy after that.

While possible, we offer guided tours of this amazing place - you can either visit on one of the Open Days (listed below) or arrange a private visit with us for a pre - agreed donation.

You can read more about how our Open Day Visits run on our Visits Page

 

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How is the Lighthouse 2019?

A question we Trustees of Orfordness Lighthouse are asked so frequently!

The winter of 2018/2019 has thankfully not been quite as severe as last Winter, but it still had its moments. The beach in front of the lighthouse has retreated so much over the year that every high tide is in contact with the defences, and so has an effect. This effect is sometimes positive, bringing a bit more shingle up on the tide. But more often it is negative, taking shingle away and further undermining the Victorian water tanks and the bungalow cottage. The beach is now so narrow and steep in front of the lighthouse that we have not been able to add to the defences this year. There simply is not enough shingle to fill the rubble sacks, and no stable platform on which to place the "sausage rolls".
So it is the beginning of the end. This year while having the lighthouse open to visitors we will be planning its the dismantlement and the saving of the artifacts. Sad yes, but through generous donations and hard work by volunteers we have kept her open to 100s of visitors when it was predicted it would be in a ruinous state by 2015/16 when decommissioned in 2013.

Orfordness Lighthouse Trust remains committed to keeping the Lighthouse standing where it is for as long as possible, and remaining alive to the constant threat of the sea. It remains our intention to dismantle the Lighthouse and rebuild a replica elsewhere on the Ness. If you want to hear more about this plan, we'd recommend coming on one of our Open Days and we'll be glad to tell you more about it.

How Do We Book to Visit?

To book your places on any of the visits please email us at orfordnesslighthouse@gmail.com with the number in your party and your preferred date. If you could include your name in the subject line, that would be very helpful, thank you. You can find a link to our email address at the bottom of this message.

Full details on how the visits run are listed on the Visits Page of our website here. We will also send a house keeping email the day before the visit with last-minute house keeping (which will mainly be about the weather!)

2019 VISIT DATES:
14th April
5th May
2nd June
21st July
25th August
22nd September

*There may be a further visit in October, TBC subject to demand and volunteer availability*

Find the link to email us below... we look forward to welcoming you!

orfordnesslighthouse@gmail.com

How is the Lighthouse? March 2018

A question we Trustees of Orfordness Lighthouse are asked so frequently!

The winter of 2017/2018 has been quite fierce with frequent Easterly winds combined with high tides. The very cold weather and strong winds in late February/early March took a fair bite at the defences but they did their job and the structure of the Lighthouse stands strong. Sadly one of the exposed Victorian water tanks has now collapsed and the 1960's bungalow has been further undermined, but our main concern is the building itself and she is just fine and looking forward to welcoming visitors in 2018 shortly after Easter.

The effectiveness of the defences is very clear - the Lighthouse itself now stands on its own little peninsula, with the high water mark of the rest of the beach now behind the Lighthouse. Had we not placed the defences, it is certain that the Lighthouse would have already been undermined.

Orfordness Lighthouse Trust remains committed to keeping the Lighthouse standing where it is for as long as possible, and remaining alive to the constant threat of the sea. When the time comes, barring a very significant change of circumstances, we intend to dismantle the Lighthouse and rebuild a replica elsewhere on the Ness.

If you want to hear more about this plan, we'd recommend coming on one of our Summer Open Days and we'll be glad to tell you more about it.

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An application to install defences for the lighthouse was considered and approved by Suffolk Coastal District Council. Public support was vital to convince the council to approve the plan.

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