Corbiere Lighthouse on the South West tip of Jersey, is possibly the best known landmark on the Island as well as being a superb sea kayaking venue. Although it is automatic it is still immaculate with the interior brass polished every week and the paintwork maintained regularly.
Before the fog horn was built ships were warned by a bell which still hangs from the top of the light. The original fog horn was run from an engine room where compressed air was piped to the horns. This was started manually by the lighthouse keepers. This is now done automatically by light sensors and electricity.
The lighthouse was last manned in 1973, before this two keepers would do 2 days on and 2 days off walking back to the mainland during the low tide to the lighthouse cottages across the causeway. This was not a job which would suit every one but for those who were lighthouse keepers it was probably the best job in the world and it was a sad day when they all became automatic.
On the slipway there is a granite plaque commemorating the tragic drowning of Peter Edwin Larbalestier, an assistant lighthouse keeper, on the 28th May 1946, as he tried to rescue a visitor cut off by the tide. It is a clear warning to those who pass by.
During the Second World War the lighthouse was switched off for the majority of the time and it was re-lit on the 19th May 1945 and to this day it has remained an essential part of marine safety in Channel Island waters.