• Ice Age: The rounded, sculptural stones of Fetch Rock were carved and shaped by the Ice-Age. Partial cave paintings were discovered in the caves beneath the lighthouse, dating from this era. Mammoths and Snow Tigers may have hunted around the island!

• Bronze Age: a family, or tribe,. lived on the island. They hunted on the mainland, and crossed to the island on foot! The sand dunes and beaches were partly visible above the water. Many of these natural bridges still exist, and cause problems for shipping. Hence the lighthouse!

• The dangerous sands: Many ships, their cargo and crew, have been lost to the 'Whipside Sands'. This sand bank sits under the surface of the water, and is invisible during bad weather. After decades of destruction is was deemed appropriate to build a lighthouse at Fetch Rock, to warn ships of the sand, and rocks, during bad or foggy weather.

• The Lighthouse: Work began in March 1890, under the watchful eye of local philanthropist 'Robert Demarion' (also known for his guides to native fish and flora). The lamp itself was manufactured in Birmingham, and shipped to fetch Rock in 1910. The lighthouse was finally manned in 1905, and the light shone for several years before the mysterious 'incident' in 1912.

• Disaster!: The lighthouse fell silent on April 29th, a fog shrouded night in 1912. No-one knows what happened to the three 'keepers'. See 'Legends'.

• The War: A radio communications/monitoring station was built on the west side of the island, during World War 2. It was manned by several operators, and home to a small troop from the R.A.F. The hut still exists, and currently houses a display of wartime memorabilia, and historic photographs from the era.

• Automation: The lighthouse continued to be manned, after 1913, for 50 years! In 1963, on November 23rd, the last keepers locked the hut door...and left Fetch Rock forever. A newly installed timer/generator would activate the lamp and fog horn. An era had ended.

• Abandoned: New GPS (global positioning technology) means that fishermen, shipping and the coastguard are less dependent on the traditional lighthouse. In 1984 power was cut to Fetch Rock, and the island was forgotten.

• New Interest: 1992: An archeology group, based in Trewarthan, became interested in fetch rock after viewing a documentary regarding famous disappearances. The mystery surrounding Fetch Rock fueled their imaginations, and desire to visit the island. Soon, the group were renamed "The Fetch Rockers", and generated much media interest. Their main aim was to re-open the island, and invite the public to visit.

• Rocking!: The 'Fetch Rockers' (of which I am a member), were given permission to inhabit the island by the B.L.B. (British Lighthouse Board) in 1996. Essential repairs had been completed, and the upper floors were habitable. The group used their unique base of operations to their advantage, and began transmitting their own radio station (Fetch Rock Radio) in 1997.

• Renovation: A commercial radio station, and media exposure, excited the people of Cornwall. Interest in the Lighthouse, and island, were at a record high. The general public aided the application to TV's 'Renovation' archeology series. The application was approved, and Fetch Rock went on to win that years vote! Hurrah!! A winning design, and proposed usage of the building, inspired the British population to back Fetch Rock, and turn the long neglected island to a top tourist attraction.

• A ripple through time: During the renovations, many of the workmen complained of ill feeling, and unexplained accidents. Peoples thoughts turned to ghosts. Once again, fetch rock, hit the headlines, and the 'Renovation' fund became nervous of a bad situation. Polly White, semi-famous paranormal expert, was called in. Known to the media as "Poltergeist Polly", she carried out a full supernatural survey, and confirmed that Fetch Rock was haunted! With the fact now stated, and brutally reported, interest in the island rocketed. Polly sensed no 'negative energy', only the souls of those wishing to pass on. This was enough to reassure the 'Renovation' fund, and the work continued uninterrupted.

• Right Here/Right Now: Fetch Rock is open, all year, to all members of the public. Travel from Trewarthan (using Spivey Crossing Service) and explore the fascinating, and mysterious island and lighthouse. Lively displays and interactive events inspire children to learn history, and adults are reminded of bygone times. We look forward to seeing YOU here at Fetch Rock, sometime soon. Beware, the ghosts may be looking forward to your arrival, nearly as much as we are.

Ghost Games to play at home

Continue your Ghost-Hunting adventures at home!

Ever wanted to attend a 'ghost-hunt' or explore spooky, haunted locations? You can, without having to venture out into the chilly darkness. The games are suitable for all, with lots of puzzles, hidden clues and historical research. Get 'ghost-hunting' today!

  • Use REAL ghost-hunting gadgets as seen on the TV shows.
  • See into the dark with Nite-Vision technology.
  • Communicate with ghosts, and try to 'set them free'.
  • Settings are all based on REAL British locales.