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Point of Ayr Lighthouse

Street Name and Number: ,
Listed Building Reference: 520
Grade: II
Date Listed: 16/11/1973
Date Amended: 30/04/2001
Co-ordinates: 312097,385269
Locality: Point of Ayr
Community: Llanasa
Council: Flintshire
National Park: No

Location
Situated at the water's edge approximately 0.75km west long the foreshore from Point of Ayr. Reached NE off A548, through Talacre and by foot over a short railed causeway.

History
Built in 1776, to the design of Joseph Turner of Hawarden, as a landfall light marking the entrance to the Dee Estuary, and constructed following the loss of 2 Dublin packets. The structure was modelled on a pre-existing Liverpool Docks Board light at Hoylake. Trinity House assumed responsibility for the light in 1819 and rebuilt the upper section with a new lantern light. The lighthouse was superseded in 1844 by a piled structure built close by, which was itself replaced by a lightship in 1883, but this has not survived.

Interior


Exterior
A whitewashed rendered brick three-storeyed tower tapering upwards from a black plinth; now slightly leaning. The structure is topped by a red-domed lantern with wrought-iron plates and vertical glazing bars, with a railed walkway projecting on moulded corbels. A round-headed doorway is above basement level. Each storey has wide segmental-headed windows. The optic has been removed.

Reason for Listing
Listed as a well-preserved early lighthouse which retains what may be the earliest lantern in Wales.

References
Hague, Douglas, Lighthouses of Wales, 1994, pp 37-41; Hague, Douglas and Rosemary Christie, Lighthouses: Their Architecture History and Archaeology, 1975, pp 247-9. Hubbard, Edward, The Buildings of Wales: Clwyd, 1986, pp 444-5.