Trinity House Quincentenary

SPS is pleased to promote this event organised by the Association of Lighthouse Keepers. (in 2013 we gave them a conservation award for their new lighthouse museum in Hurst Castle)

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Trinity House Quincentenary

Tuesday 20th May 2014


Hurst Castle


500 years ago on the 20th May 1514, King Henry VIII granted a charter to a fraternity of London mariners who subsequently became the Corporation of Trinity House, who were charged with improving the safety of navigation, initially on the Thames, but later became responsible for pilotage, buoys, beacons and light vessels around the coasts of England, Wales, Channel Islands and Gibraltar.


This great occasion will be celebrated at Trinity House in London.  However, the occasion will also be celebrated at Hurst Castle, in and around the Trinity House Exhibition Rooms.


The plan of the day will be as follows:


From 1000 onwards, catch any ferry from Keyhaven to the Castle or, alternatively, walk along the shingle spit from Milford-on-Sea seafront [approx 1½ miles].  Ferry fares apply.


Castle entry fees apply.  Free entry for English Heritage members or Friends of Hurst Castle.


Take a leisurely lunch in the Castle Café [normal charges apply]


·         1330    Gather in the Trinity House Exhibition Rooms where the President of the ALK,

Gerry Douglas-Sherwood, will make a short opening speech


·         1400    The assembled audience will then divide into two groups:

Group 1:          An “Audience with Gerry Douglas-Sherwood and Patricia Gumbrell in the ALK Museum Rooms where they will give a short talk and answer questions about their particular lighthouse experiences, one as a keeper and one as the child of a keeper.

Group 2:          Guided tour of the Hurst Point Acetylene Room and Lighthouse


·         1500    Tea and Cakes served in the Garrison Theatre


The Nab Tower Lantern is soon to be installed in the Castle near to the ALK Museum Rooms.  Keith Morton, the ALK Hurst Castle Project Manager, will make a short announcement about this project and, in particular, describe the plans to raise the necessary funds for the new glass needed to replace that unfortunately broken in transit.


·         1600    The assembled audience will again divide into two groups:

Group 2:          An “Audience with Patricia Gumbrell and Gerry Douglas-Sherwood in the ALK Museum Rooms” as above.

Group 1:          Guided tour of the Hurst Point Acetylene Room and Lighthouse


·         1715    Return ferry to Keyhaven.


Please note that this is a ticketed event and these can be obtained FREE OF CHARGE from Dinah Le May at:


or               (        01590-674921

or               +        PO Box 426, Lymington, Hants SO41 1DZ


If you are unable to attend this event and would like to know more about how you could sponsor a pane of glass for the Nab Tower Lantern, or even just to make a donation however large or small, then please contact Keith Morton at:




+116 Abbeyfield Drive, Fareham, Hants PO15 5PQ


Looking forward to seeing you at Hurst Castle on 20th May


Best regards

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Keith Morton

ALK Hurst Castle Project Manager

Keeping Lighthouse Heritage Alive