Llanddwyn Island Lighthouse
Shot on a very windy evening hence the faster shutter speed on what appeared was going to be a fantastic sunset, sadly this didnt happen but i like the almost coffee colours of the late evening sun.
Twr Mawr (big tower) was, from 1845 until 1976, the lighthouse which marked the rocky peninsula near the south west corner of Anglesey known as Llanddwyn Island. Built in a conical style, perhaps inspired by the design of Anglesey's windmills, this 35ft tower with an effective height above sea level of 82ft was visible from 7 miles away. The original 'Twr Bach' beacon just across the bay, equipped with a directional flashing light, replaced Twr Mawr as lighthouse for Llanddwyn in 1976.
The 1873 tower is tapered in a style characteristic of Anglesey windmills. It is 33 feet (10 m) high and 18 feet (5.5 m) in diameter. It may have been constructed by an Anglesey stone mason, and it is possible that the tower itself was originally used as a windmill.
The lantern and fittings cost £250 7s 6d, including the adaptation of an "earlier tower". The north-east door is flanked by small windows, and the two floors above also have small windows, but the top does not. The conical roof is slated and has a flagpole. The present lantern window is about 6 feet 6 inches (1.98 m) by 2 feet (0.61 m). The optic, silver-plated reflector and Fresnel lens are dated 1861 and were used into the 1970s. The lantern was originally lit by six Argand lamps with reflectors.
30” x 17″
Llanddwyn Island Lighthouse print
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