Pakefield Coastwatch is a member of the Sea Safety Group of Coastwatch stations.
The forgotten lighthouse
A brief history 1831-1864
If you ask the majority of East Coast mariners, they would not have heard of Pakefield
Lighthouse, in fact some life long residents of Pakefield are unaware of its existence!
The continually shifting sandbanks of this part of the coast make navigation very
difficult between the Barnard and Newcome sand banks. In July 1831, the committee
of Trinity House Elder Brethren contracted Richard Suter to design a lighthouse to
assist ships through this narrow seaway and Messrs James Taylor of Great Yarmouth
was to build it. Their decision may well have been encouraged by the prospect of
the new harbour at Lowestoft which was to be opened on the 10th August 1831.
Erected in the grounds of Pakefield Hall, standing 15 metres (50 feet) above sea
level and first lit on 1st May 1832, Pakefield Lighthouse shone a red light that
was visible for nine miles. The final account for the whole establishment was £821.
9s. 4d. We know from an old Trinity House logbook that in 1841 the light was in the
care of "Old Captain Goodwin, lately retired from the Jamaica Trade."