The height of this tower was reduced by 43 feet in 1875. During World War II in 1943 a bombing raid killed three keepers here. The original tower, circa 1323, still stands; it is known as St. Catherine's Oratory.
Tower Height: 89
Height of Focal Plane: 135
Characteristic and Range: White flash every five seconds, visible for 26 nautical miles.
Description of Tower: White, octagonal tower.
This light is operational
Date Established: c. 1323
Date Present Tower Built: 1838
Date Automated: 1997
Optics: Second order Fresnel lens.
Current Use: Active aid to navigation.
Open To Public? Yes.
The lighthouse is usually open to the public in season; see www.lighthouse-visits.co.uk/VCSt_Catherines.htm
Nearby Lodging: There are three adjoining cottages for rent at the lighthouse, with a minimum seven-night stay in summer. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for information.