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Name: St. Catherine's Light   

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Nearest Town or City:
Ventnor, , United Kingdom

Location: Southern point of Isle of Wight, England.

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Photo: John Mobbs
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Managing Organization:
Trinity House


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

Nearby Lodging: There are three adjoining cottages for rent at the lighthouse, with a minimum seven-night stay in summer. Email for information.


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