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Trinity House

Introduction
The origins of Trinity House
Pilotage
Ballast and buoys
Lighthouses
Lightvessels
Charitable activities
A military role
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Introduction

The New Trinity House on Tower Hill
View full size imageA 17th century view of Trinity House on Tower Hill. © NMM

The ancient Corporation of Trinity House in London is the General Lighthouse Authority for England, Wales, the Channel Islands and Gibraltar.

It is based at Trinity Square, near the Tower of London, and it provides aids to help sailors navigate.

Trinity Almshouses on Mile End Road.
View full size imageTrinity Almshouses on Mile End Road. © NMM
The aids provided by Trinity House mark some of the busiest shipping lanes in the world. They range from storm-lashed lighthouses, like Wolf Rock in Cornwall, to lightvessels and buoys in the English Channel.

Trinity House is also a deep sea pilotage authority and a charitable organisation for the safety, welfare and training of mariners.

 

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StoriesThe 20th-century port
The changing fortunes of Docklands and the port
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Fact fileHenry VIII
The king who had six wives
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Fact fileSir Thomas Spert
The first and longest serving Master of Trinity House
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Fact fileElizabeth I
Queen of England, 1558-1603
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Fact fileSamuel Pepys
Diarist and Master of Trinity House
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Fact fileDuke of Wellington
One of the finest soldiers in British history
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Fact fileGrace Darling
A Victorian heroine
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