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Godrevy Lighthouse

The Nine Maidens tamed by the Godrevy light

About Godrevy Lighthouse

Godrevy Lighthouse is set a mile offshore on a treacherous reef known to some as the Nine Maidens, however, the stretch of rocks is better known to sailors as The Stones. Godrevy Island is the biggest of The Stones and is one of our favourite areas to spot seals and birdlife.

In the early 19th century there was a massive increase in shipping. Passenger liners, commercial ships and fishing boats ran up and down the North coast daily. St Ives at that time was a thriving fishing port and The Stones lay in a precarious position. On the 30th of November 1854, the iron screw steamer, Nile was wrecked with the loss of all passengers and crew. This disaster sparked the commission for Trinity House, the lighthouse construction company, to build a lighthouse that was erected in 1859.

The lee shore of St Ives Bay and The Nine Maidens caught out many crews and the wreckers made full advantage of these stricken ships. Skulduggery was afoot.

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Your Questions answered

All you need to know about Godrevy Lighthouse.

Can you visit Godrevy Lighthouse?

Not by foot, only from a boat

Is Godrevy Lighthouse operational?

Godrevy Lighthouse was modernised in 1995 when it was converted to solar powered operation. It’s a crying shame but the light was moved from the lighthouse tower to a new steel structure on the adjacent rock in 2012.

Can you see seals at Godrevy Lighthouse?

The Nine Maidens are a hot spot for seals

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