The lighthouse was the first in the British Isles to be built of concrete and its light is visible for 18 miles (29 kms) in clear weather.

The name La Corbière, first recorded in 1309, means the place of the ravens or crows; however, in the 1850s Victor Hugo described it as “the herdsman of the waves”. This south-west corner of the island had a fearsome reputation amongst sailors and was the scene of many wrecks. The 10-metres high lighthouse, designed by Sir John Coode, was completed in November 1873 and was switched on the following April. Built on a rock 500 yards from the shore, it was the world’s first concrete lighthouse and cost just over £8,000. In good visibility, the unmanned, automatic light can be seen for 18 miles.
The lighthouse is 35 feet high. On the side of the causeway a carved stone commemorates Peter Larbalestier, the assistant lighthouse keeper, who drowned trying to rescue a visitor who had been cut off by the tide on 28 May 1946.

How to get there:

Route 12 serves this area where La Corbière is the final stop. Summer season only.


Photography on this page is reproduced thanks to Chris Brookes.