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Structure Name: High Light

Circular tower lighthouse, attached to the rear of 8 Bath Terrace, which tapers slightly to a height of 18.74 metres. The lighthouse was raised in three stages: the first stage, of 1788, was built from stone and had a newel (spiral) staircase and rose to a height of 10.66 metres, with horizontal bands dividing into four stages; the later stages (1888, 4.26 metres; 1900, 3.82 metres) were built from brick and used ladders to ascend the lighthouse, these stages were added due to the rising heights of surrounding structures.

Extant: Yes

Legal Status: Listed Building Grade II


Eastings: 431980m (view map)

Northings: 581345m (view map)

Position Accuracy: 10m

Positional Confidence: Absolute Certainty

Street Address
8 Bath Terrace

Post Code: NE24 3AX

Structure Types Identified: HIGH LIGHT

Historical Background
The High Light worked in association with the Low Light until they were decommissioned in 1985. It is the oldest surviving building in the Blyth Harbour area.


  • 1788   Stone high light built to a height of 10.66 metres.
        Entities Involved:
              Sir Matthew White Ridley: Comissioned building of the High Light.
  • 1888   High light raised by a 4.26 metre brick extension.
  • 1900   Cupola modified, giving a final height 18.74 metres.
  • 1985   High Light taken out of service.


  • Images of England
  • Keys To The Past
  • Northumberland SMR
  • Pevsner, N., Richmond, I., Grundy, J., McCombie, G., Ryder, P. and Welfare, H. (2001) The Buildings of England: Northumberland. London, Penguin Books, p.195

The information displayed in this page has been derived from authoritative sources, including any referenced above. Although substantial efforts were made to verify this information, the SINE project cannot guarantee its correctness or completeness.


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Last Modified 26 March 2004
2002 SINE Project, University of Newcastle upon Tyne
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