Thursday, September 27, 2012

0184. Jersey - Corbière Lighthouse

Jersey, the largest of the Channel Islands, located off the West coast of France's Cotentin peninsula.  Together with a scattering of small islets and reefs, it forms the Bailiwick of Jersey.  

Corbière Lighthouse is the first British lighthouse to be built using concrete.  The Lighthouse is perched atop a rock just off the South-Western tip of Jersey.  The Lighthouse is accessible by a causeway at low tide, but visitors must take care not to be stranded when the tide returns.  The Lighthouse  is one of the most photographed landmarks in Jersey, a popular tourist site for its panoramic views, in the evenings the surrounding area provides a ideal viewing point for sunsets.

Corbière Lighthouse was commemorated by Jersey Post in its "Simply Jersey" definitive stamp(s), wherein the stamp(s) depict four of Jersey's many Coastal Landmarks.  The stamp(s) were four new non-value indicator self-adhesive stamp(s) released on 8-May-2012.  Two of the stamp(s) are for use in Jersey and two for use between Jersey and the UK.

Built in the year 1874, the Corbière Lighthouse:
  • Tower is concrete block
  • Tower painted WHITE
  • Height is 19 metres
  • Colour scheme of the LIGHT is WHITE or RED depending on direction
  • LIGHT character is a FLASH 5 seconds ON; 5 seconds OFF

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