Happisburgh Lighthouse, the oldest working light in East Anglia, and the only independently operated working lighthouse in Great Britain is painted and protected with X-treme X-posure smooth masonry paint, which provides ultimate defence against the elements.
Built in 1790, originally one of a pair – the tower is 85ft tall and the lantern is 136ft above sea level marking safe passage around the treacherous Haisborough Sands that lie 8-11 miles offshore. It was first painted with its three red bands in 1884, following the closure of its twin light on the cliff top. Today the light has a character of Fl(3)W 30s (a group of 3 white flashes every thirty seconds), with a range of up to 18 miles. Saved as a working light by the local community in 1990, it is maintained and operated entirely by voluntary contributions.
Sandtex Trade X-treme X-posure is the product of choice to protect the lighthouse from wind driven rain and coastal tides which contribute to Happisburgh’s nationally known problems of coastal erosion. The wooden sea defences built in the late 1950s at Happisburgh, in north Norfolk, have been failing over the last few years, and large chunks of the sandy cliffs are regularly falling into the sea.
Over 360 litres of premium masonry paint was used during the repainting, 170 litres of which is in a specifically matched ‘Red’, to make up the lighthouses’s three iconic red bands that identify Happisburgh to mariners during daylight hours. Patrick Tubby, the Chairman of Happisburgh Lighthouse Trust said, “In the past the lighthouse has tended to fade from red and white to pink and cream after a few years – we are hoping that the fade inhibitors and other special additives in the Sandtex coatings will keep our lighthouse looking good for many years to come! You won’t be surprised to hear that we have recently passed our Annual Inspection from the Inspector of Seamarks.”