Smalls Lighthouse

Smalls Lighthouse, Smalls, Pembrokeshire

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  • For over 200 years the Smalls Lighthouse has been acting as a guide and hazard warning to passing ships. John Phillips, a Welshman, first conceived the idea of setting a lighthouse on the Smalls, one of two tiny clusters of rocks lying close together in the Irish Sea, 21 miles off St. David’s Head in Wales, the highest peak of which projects only 3.5 metres above the highest tides.

    Although the lighthouse was described in 1801 as a “raft of timber rudely put together” it survived for 80 years. Whiteside’s design of raising a super-structure on piles so that the sea could pass through them with “but little obstruction” has been adopted since for hundreds of sea structures.

    The present lighthouse was built under the supervision of Trinity House Chief Engineer, James Douglass. Its design was based on Smeaton’s Eddystone tower and it took just two years to build being completed in 1861.

  • Smalls Lighthouse Weather Forecast

    Light rain today and Saturday, with temperatures peaking at 18°C on Saturday.

    Today's Forecast
     Foggy starting in the afternoon.
     
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    14
       42%  77%   4 mph
      5:20 am    9:21 pm
    Wednesday, May 24th
     Foggy in the morning.
     
    13
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    15
       0%  71%   1 mph
      5:19 am    9:22 pm

    Thursday, May 25th
     Foggy until afternoon.
     
    13
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    17
       0%  32%   4 mph
      5:18 am    9:24 pm
    Friday, May 26th
     Light rain overnight.
     
    14
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    17
       0%  27%   6 mph
      5:17 am    9:25 pm

    Saturday, May 27th
     Rain until afternoon.
     
    12
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    18
       75%  74%   5 mph
      5:15 am    9:26 pm
    Sunday, May 28th
     Mostly cloudy starting in the afternoon.
     
    11
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    14
       0%  36%   3 mph
      5:14 am    9:27 pm

    Monday, May 29th
     Overcast throughout the day.
     
    11
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    14
       0%  97%   3 mph
      5:14 am    9:29 pm
    Tuesday, May 30th
     Mostly cloudy in the morning.
     
    12
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    14
       0%  43%   1 mph
      5:13 am    9:30 pm

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