LIGHTHOUSES

ST CATHERINE’S HILL LIGHTHOUSE, ISLE OF WIGHT

St Catherine’s Hill is close to the southernmost point of the Isle of Wight. There’s a pleasant walk uphill from a car park on the road. Eventually the track opens out near the top of the hill to reveal an amazing medieval  prototype for a skyrocket near the summit. St Catherine's Lighthouse, Niton IoW 1

This is in fact St. Catherine’s Oratory, known locally as the ‘Pepperpot’, a stone lighthouse built in the 14th century by Walter de Godeton. It is the second oldest lighthouse in the British Isles – only the Roman-built lighthouse at Dover is older.St Catherine's Lighthouse, Niton IoW 2

De Godeton was convicted of scavenging wine ‘belonging to the Church’ from a shipwreck. He was ordered to make amends, under threat of excommunication, by building a lighthouse. Wreck plunder / lighthouse penance – a rare early example of punishment fitting the crime at a time when theft of a sheep might mean death. Fires were lit in the lighthouse tower to warn ships at sea that they were close to the coastline.St Catherine's Lighthouse, Niton IoW 3

There was an attached chapel at one time – hence the ‘Oratory’ – but it has been long since demolished. A replacement lighthouse was begun in 1785, but never completed. Locally this half-finished building is known as the ‘salt pot’.St Catherine's Lighthouse, Niton IoW 4

The hill is surrounded by unspoilt downland, with long views on all sidesSt Catherine's Hill Trig Point IoW 2

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