The construction of the pathway to gain access to the building site must have been a terrific feat alone, around 400 steps down the 122 meter Pre- Cambrian rock cliff face. Just for one minute imagine trying to carve a step out of solid rock then imagine trying to do the same to the step under the one you are standing on, looking down on a 122 metre drop to certain death, or being dropped off by boat to climb to where the next step was to be carved looking up at the never-ending sheer rock face.
Captain Hugh Evans was not the first to realize the importance of a lighthouse at this point, the first representation for a light at this point was made 1665 to King Charles 11. This representation was rejected. Therefore Captain Hugh Evans had to prove this lighthouse was desperately required so he collected and produced to the government of the day all the maritime accidents around the coast over the previous twelve months, drawing diagrams and maps of these events.
Such overwhelming evidence of the importance and necessity of the lighthouse was produced that the go-ahead to erect the lighthouse was sanctioned almost immediately.
This construction of this lighthouse was to prove to aid the safety and prosperity of the mariners from all around the world even to this very day and for many years to come. The height of the light above the mean high water level is 60 meters.
Not forgetting that the stone used to build the lighthouse had to be carved out of the cliff face, this also applied to the outbuildings, using only the technology of the day and carving the steps out of the stone by hanging from ropes. Even on a lovely day, it is a very dangerous environment, basically a mixture of determination blood and sweat that the construction was completed at the cost of £12,000 not including the attendant's dwellings. The lighthouse began to shine brightly on the 9th of February 1809.