Work starts on St. Catherine's lighthouse

Work starts on lighthouse | 1838 | Period: Victorian

Situated at the most southerly tip of the Isle of Wight at Niton Undercliff, St Catherine's lighthouse was built in 1838-40.

It was reduced in height in 1875 and then added to in 1932.

The white octagonal tower has 94 steps up to the lantern. It is 27 metres high. The main light, visible for up to 30 nautical miles in clear weather, is the third most powerful light operated by Trinity House. The main tower and the adjoining fog signal tower is known locally as 'The Cow and the Calf.'