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Full beam ahead for Hartland Lighthouse
By Laura Joint
BBC Devon

Hartland Lighthouse
Hartland Lighthouse - saved from closure (Photo: Laura Joint/BBC Devon)

A proposal to switch off the lights at Devon's historic Hartland Lighthouse has been dropped.

Hartland Lighthouse, which has been an aid to shipping since 1874, was saved following consultation with users of north Devon's coastal waters.

Trinity House, which manages the UK's lighthouses, had earmarked Hartland for closure in its review of services for 2010-2015.

"We have listened to feedback," said Paul Howe of Trinity House.

"So Hartland will continue but will have its light range reduced.

"It does emphasise the value of consultations."

The announcement on 12 May 2010 follows a campaign not only by users but by some local people who wanted the lighthouse - one of Devon's most iconic landmarks - to continue operating.

The lighthouse currently has a range of 25 nautical miles, but this will be cut to eight nautical miles and its fog signal will be discontinued.

Trinity House says that lighthouses are now complementary but secondary to modern aids to shipping such as global navigation satellite systems.

Hartland Lighthouse was built under the direction of Sir James Douglass.

It became automated in 1984. Before that, the station was manned by four keepers who lived with their families in dwellings attached to the lighthouse.

The homes were demolished at the time of automation.

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