55° 20.033' N 001° 32.387' W (not for navigation purposes)
Photo by Ian Cowe
HistoryCoquet Island is a small low tract of green pastureland lying close inshore off the Northumberland coast. In 1841 Trinity House built a very substantial lighthouse on the south western shore at a cost of £3,268.
The lighthouse was built to the design of James Walker, the white square tower is of sandstone surrounded by a turreted parapet with walls in excess of one metre thick. The dwelling houses are also an integral part of the fortress-like structure where the keepers appointed to attend the light lived during their periods on duty.
The first keeper appointed to Coquet lighthouse was William Darling, elder brother of Grace Darling. He was in fact the second of her brothers to become a keeper in the Trinity House Service. It has been said that it was probably a boat trip to see her brother at Coquet Island in the summer of 1842 that led to a chill which eventually proved fatal to her. In fact Grace Darling died from tuberculosis ("consumption").
|Height Of Tower||22 Metres|
|Height Of Light Above Mean High Water||25 Metres|
|Optic||AGA PRB 21|
|Lamp||35W CDMT Metal Halide|
|Optic||1st Order Catadioptric Fixed Lens|
|Character||White And Red Flashing 3 Times Every 20 Seconds|
|Intensity||White 155,000 Candela, Red 21,830 Candela|
|Range Of Light||White 19 nautical miles; red 15 nautical miles|
|Fog Signal Character||One 3 Second Blast Every 30 Seconds|
|Fog Signal Range||2 nautical miles|