The ‘Point of Ayr’ lighthouse has stood on Talacre Beach in Wales in various incarnations since 1776, watching over ships make the trek across Liverpool Bay from the Welsh town of Lllandudno.
Abandoned since 1840, it has lived through numerous cycles of disrepair and refurbishment, with the latest reconstruction in 1994, leaving it a cheery red and white candy-pole on the beach, framed by the nearby offshore wind-farm.
Point of Ayr on Talacre Beach, North Wales. Image from Richard John Linnett.
White and red in the distance.
Beginning another cycle of decay; the white paint peels away. Image from Adrian Evans.
Over the year the lighthouse witnessed many changes- during World War 2 it saw Air Force Fighters strafe the beach for target practise, shooting at wooden targets in the dunes and drogues towed by aircraft. At one point it witnessed the whole nearby village of Talacre coated in silver foil, as a guinea-pig for a new anti-radar technology. Now it’s a quiet tourist spot for beautiful views across the bay- Great Hotel Deals here.
Adjudicant to the installation of the new energy- an off-shore wind-farm.
The lighthouse is well-known in the area for its hauntings- allegedly by a ghostly lighthouse keeper walking around the top of the tower. Mediums visiting the location have claimed feeling the spirit of a lonely man, Raymond, who died of a broken heart. Some tourists have come away feeling unwell and disturbed.
To commemorate this lost soul, the lighthouse’s owner commissioned local artist Angela Smith to create The Keeper, a 7-foot tall sculpture made of hundreds of pieces of highly polished, medical-grade stainless steel pieces. The many holes in his body are intended to let the wind pass through and create ghostly chimes.
The Keeper on the beach. Image from BBC Wales.
At his post- the first time the lighthouse has been manned since 1840. Image from BBC Wales.
Silver sentinel of the sands. Image from BBC Wales.
In 2009 the lighthouse opened its doors to the public for one day, and the BBC went along to peek inside-
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