Trinity Monday; the Younger Brethren are given ‘dinner money’
Trinity House Court Minute:
“After the court rose and having heard a sermon at ye parish Church of Deptford they returned to London and dined together at the rummer in Queen Street, the Younger Brothers having had 2s. 6d. apiece given them to dine where they please.”
The Trinity House poor box helps a victim of slavery
Trinity House Board Minute:
“Nothing of moment happened this day by reason of the Whitson Holy days (Deputy Master & two others present). Given out of the poors box 5 shillings to a poor woman whose husband is in slavery (North Africa).”
William Pitt the Younger is elected Master of Trinity House
On Trinity Monday, William Pitt the Younger is elected Master of Trinity House.
He sat as Master for the consecutive years until 1805.
Anvil Point Lighthouse is automated
Anvil Point Lighthouse is converted to automatic operation and the lighthouse keepers depart.
The lighthouse, which is built of local stone, was first lit in 1881. The light is positioned to give a waypoint for vessels on passage along the English Channel coast. To the west it gives a clear line from Portland Bill and to the east guides vessels away from the Christchurch Ledge and leads them into the Solent. The light was originally illuminated by a paraffin vapour burner (PVB). In 1960 the station was modernised and converted from oil to mains electricity. The old fog signal, a 5 minute cannon, was replaced in 1981 by new automatic equipment. The fog signal has now been discontinued.