Some may be visiting having read the BBC article "Erosion Hit Lighthouse to be Sacrified to the Sea" published 11/07/2019.
headline has rather sensationalised what is happening to our favourite lighthouse (the Look East version was better!) so please let us clarify.
true that the Lighthouse is in a precarious position but due to the defences we put down around the base we have been able to defend
the position far longer than was deemed possible when we took over ownership in 2013.
However due to several reasons, including the nature of the fabric of the Lighthouse itself and the protected land it stands on and the
nature of the erosion, we have long known that preserving her where she stands was only a short term aim.
We have no intention of letting her “fall into the sea” and never have. We intend to dismantle her brick by brick and rebuild a smaller
replica elsewhere on Orford Ness and turn her in a museum. Trinity House have said they will return items such as the lantern to us in such a scenario.
Because of the very mobile nature of the shingle we have always caveated that a bad storm with winds in a certain direction could threaten
the structure. Every winter since 2013 this has been possible. We have in fact been quite lucky that big storms, like the Beast from the East, have actually deposited shingle on the beach. We don't
know how long we'll continue to be so lucky!
What has changed now is that there is now no longer any beach below the lighthouse to put down more defences and so our only option left to
save her for the community is to dismantle her. We won’t commence that until at least this autumn and could well be later than that.
We are very proud to have taken hundreds (if not thousands!) of visitors to Orfordness Lighthouse over the past 6!years and have been
supported by kind donations. We also don’t recognise the “£190k” figure quoted in the article as whenever we have sought fundraising, our supporters have been there to help
All our visits for 2019 are already fully booked but if you’d like to stay in touch with us please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
and we can add you to our mailing list
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. Please note
it is not possible to walk to the Lighthouse from the mainland.