Photo by Roger Haworth
The present lighthouse was built in 1873 a few yards to the north of the earlier one, which was demolished at this time.
The second, present lighthouse building is circular in design, and is again constructed from local sandstone, with a green conical roof. There are four floors connected by a spiral stone staircase to the third level, from where there is a steep wooden staircase to the lamp room. Here there is a very large window and access to an external railed gallery. The light was provided by a single lamp with an illuminatory power equivalent to 400 standard candles.
It has not been used since 1913. Together with the Leasowe Lighthouse, it enabled the ships to avoid the sandbanks in the channel to Liverpool. From 1913 they had bouys marking the channel so it was no longer needed.
In 2000, structural work was carried out by Wirral Borough Council, with the aid of Lottery funding, New Opportunities Wirral, COPUS and NERC. Exhibits were created by staff from The Proudman Oceanographic Laboratory and the lighthouse was opened to the public during the Open Days of June and July 2000 and for several days since.
It is likely to be open with free entry on heritage open days so watch our Photographers Diary pages to see these announced, and links to show what is open and when.
provided a line to navigators
Photo by Roger Haworth
This old photochrome postcard, taken probably
soon after 1900, shows the lighthouse on the left,
Nearby is Bidston Windmill, Bidston, Merseyside
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