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by sandysmith

The Great Orme lighthouse was the highest lighthouse in Wales and the most northerly point on the Orme. It was built for the Mersey Docks and Harbour Board, by George Lister in 1862.

The lighthouse was built of stone, 37ft. high on a cliff 325ft. above sea level, and could be seen for about 21 miles. It was built like a fortress using dressed limestone and vast bulks of Canadian pitch pine.
The light was originally provided by a paraffin wick lamp and was elecrtified in 1965.
In 1985 the lighthouse ceased to fuction and it is now a luxury private hotel - see accommodation tip.
The old light can still be seen in an exhibition in the summit complex on the Great Orme, on the site of the old Telegraph Station.

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  • Written Feb 25, 2003
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