Bidston Lighthouse

Bidston Lighthouse, January 2015. Photo courtesy of Raymond McBride.

Bidston Lighthouse, January 2015. Photograph by Raymond McBride.

There has been a lighthouse on Bidston Hill since about 1771, when the first Bidston Lighthouse was built, further from the body of water it lit than any other lighthouse in the world. The tower was octagonal, and the lamp room featured a massive parabolic reflector, twelve feet in diameter, developed at the Bidston Signals Station by William Hutchinson, Liverpool Harbour Master and one-time privateer.

Bidston Lighthouse by Robert Salmon, Oil on Canvas, 1825. Courtesy of National Museums Liverpool.

Bidston Lighthouse by Robert Salmon, Oil on Canvas, 1825. Courtesy of National Museums Liverpool.

The present Bidston Lighthouse was built by Mersey Docks and Harbour Board in 1873, to a design by George Fosbery Lyster. It served as Liverpool’s principal lighthouse until 1913, and as an electric telegraph stationĀ  until 1914. The building is Grade-II listed, privately owned and frequently opened to the public.

Bidston Lighthouse at night

Bidston Lighthouse at night. Photograph by Michael Vicente.