Near to the village of Mortehoe, Bull Point Lighthouse guides vessels navigating off the north Devon coast with a red sector light marking the Rockham Shoal and the Morte Stone.
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Bull Point Lighthouse was established in 1879. The station operated without a major incident until, following reports of ground movement, in the early hours of Sunday morning, 24th September, 50 feet of the cliff face crashed into the sea. A further 50 feet subsided steeply, causing deep fissures to open up inside the boundary wall.
Walls cracked and the engine room and fog signal station partly collapsed, leaving it in a dangerous condition and putting the fog signal out of action. This also left the lighthouse tower unsafe.
Later the same day a lighted buoy was placed off the point to provide a navigation light; this was later replaced by a lattice tower placed on the headland.
The lighthouse optic was installed in the temporary tower, and a lightvessel placed offshore provided a fog signal until a temporary building could be erected to house the three diaphone fog signals
A new lighthouse and Principal Keeper’s dwelling were officially opened in July 1975 by the Deputy Master of Trinity House, Captain D S Tibbits.
The fog signal was discontinued in 1988.
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