Point of Ayr Lighthouse

The Point of Ayr Lighthouse, also known as the Talacre Lighthouse, is a Grade II listed building situated on the north coast of Wales, on the Point of Ayr, near the village of Talacre.[1][2]

Point of Ayr Lighthouse
Talacre Lighthouse
Point of Ayr lighthouse, at Talacre beach
United Kingdom
OS gridSJ 121 853
Coordinates53°21′25″N 3°19′20″W / 53.357044°N 3.322174°W / 53.357044; -3.322174
Constructionbrick tower
Height18 metres (59 ft)
Shapetapered cylindrical tower with balcony and lantern
Markingswhite tower, black lantern, red lantern dome
HeritageGrade II listed building Edit this on Wikidata

It was built in 1776[3] by a Trust of the Major, Recorder and Aldermen of Chester to warn ships entering between the Dee and the Mersey Estuary. It was replaced by a pile light and was decommissioned in 1844.[4] It is now a privately owned property.

Ownership edit

The lighthouse was listed on the property market in November 2011[5] by then owner James McAllister, along with two acres of land, for £100,000. It was eventually sold in April 2012 for £90,000[6] to a private couple who continue to own the property.

Paranormal activity edit

Two alleged incidents have been reported by Wales Online.[5]

The Keeper edit

The Keeper

In August 2009, the BBC[7] reported that planning permission had been sought to erect a "human sculpture" inspired by the reported ghostly sightings on the lighthouse balcony. This application was made by then owner James McAllister who intended it to serve as a "serious art installation".

Local artist Angela Smith[8] was contracted to design the 7 foot stainless steel ‘lighthouse keeper’ with the initial planning permission being approved for a three-year period. Permission was not sought to retain the structure after this point and the sculpture was relocated.

Drone video of lighthouse

Damage edit

In March 2007, the lighthouse was damaged by storms[9] which resulted in the metal steps leading to the building becoming dislocated and also resulted structural damage with a hole being created in the base according to the BBC.

The cost of repairs was covered by the owners of a local caravan park who were involved in the ownership of the lighthouse at the time.

TV advertisements edit

The lighthouse featured in the background in a 2011 TV advertisement[10] by paint manufacturer Dulux. The advertisement was designed to mark the 50th anniversary of the first appearance of their Old English Sheepdog mascot.

See also edit

References edit

  1. ^ Rowlett, Russ. "Lighthouses of Wales". The Lighthouse Directory. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Retrieved 3 June 2016.
  2. ^ Point of Ayr Lighthouse Wales Directory. Retrieved 3 June 2016
  3. ^ "Talacre Beach". Discover Flintshire. Flintshire Tourism Association. Archived from the original on 4 April 2016. Retrieved 11 April 2016.
  4. ^ Douglas Bland Hague (1994). Hughes, Stephen (ed.). Lighthouses of Wales: Their Architecture and Archaeology. Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Wales. pp. 40–41. ISBN 978-1-871184-08-2.
  5. ^ a b "Yours for £100,000: the haunted lighthouse with great views and a resident ghost". Wales Online. Media Wales LTD. 4 November 2011. Retrieved 4 November 2011.
  6. ^ "Landmark Flintshire lighthouse sold". Daily Post. Trinity Mirror Merseyside. Retrieved 20 April 2011.
  7. ^ "Permanent 'ghost' for lighthouse". BBC. BBC. 5 August 2009. Retrieved 5 August 2009.
  8. ^ "Sculpture honours Talacre lighthouse ghost". Daily Post. Trinity Mirror Merseyside. 23 June 2010. Retrieved 24 June 2010.
  9. ^ "Storms damage historic lighthouse". BBC. BBC. 28 March 2007. Retrieved 28 March 2007.
  10. ^ Boyd, Andrew. "Paint dog's comeback at popular tourist site". Leader Live. NWN Media. Archived from the original on 20 April 2012. Retrieved 13 April 2011.