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Name: North Foreland Light  

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Nearest Town or City:
Broadstairs, , United Kingdom

Location: Northeast point of the Isle of Thanet in Kent, southern entrance to the Thames River, southeastern England.

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Managing Organization:
Trinity House


There has been a navigational light in this vicinity since 1499, and this was the last Trinity House lighthouse to be automated. The tower was raised by two stories in 1793. A new lantern room was added in 1890.

Tower Height: 85

Height of Focal Plane: 188

Characteristic and Range: 6 red and white flashes every 20 Seconds; visibility: White - 19 nautical miles, Red - 16 nautical miles.

Description of Tower: White, octagonal brick tower.

This light is operational

Date Established: 1636

Date Present Tower Built: 1691

Date Automated: 1998

Optics: First order catadiptric Fresnel lens.

Current Use: Active aid to navigation.

Open To Public? Yes (?)

North Foreland is located 1.2 miles north of Broadstairs on the B2052 coastal road, close to Joss Bay.

Keepers: George Knott (c. 1890s), Henry T. Knott (c. 1911)

Nearby Lodging: Two cottages are available for rent at the lighthouse. Email for information.

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