SW8331 : Black Rock Beacon, Falmouth

taken 1 year ago, near to St Mawes, Cornwall, Great Britain

Black Rock Beacon, Falmouth
Black Rock Beacon, Falmouth
According to legend, St Mawes, the tenth son of an Irish king was going about his business of preaching one day when he was interrupted by the continued barking of a seal. His patience ran dry and so, he hurled a large rock at the creature. The rock missed and to this day, so legend says, the rock remains, wedged on top of a cluster of black rocks halfway across the entrance to Falmouth harbour (LinkExternal link Visit Falmouth).

Black Rock was previously known as Falmouth Rock or Parsonís Rock. During the reign of Charles II, the Rector of Falmouth had a pole erected on Black Rock to warn ships of the danger posed by the isolated rock. The large elm "as thick around as a man" was placed in a hole in the rock and secured by molten lead. A conspicuous red pennant was flown from the pole. Work on building a beacon on the rock began in 1834, three years after St Anthony's lighthouse was built. Masons had to level off a 20 foot square base on the shoal and foundations for the granite structure went six feet down into the rock floor. The conical beacon is 37 foot high, 20 foot wide at the base and four foot wide at its apex. The beacon carries a flashing light with range of three miles (LinkExternal link The Falmouth Packet).
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Date Taken
Monday, 29 May, 2017   (more nearby)
Thursday, 3 August, 2017
Geographical Context
Coastal  Historic sites and artefacts  Docks, Harbours 
Camera (from Tags)
Panasonic DMC-G7 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SW 833 316 [100m precision]
WGS84: 50:8.7153N 5:2.0028W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SW 836 312
View Direction
Northwest (about 315 degrees)
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Falmouth Harbour  Carrick Roads  Rock  Navigation Light  Beacon  19th Century  Nineteenth Century 

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