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Hilbre Island Lighthouse

off the Wirral Peninsula, Cheshire

Location Guide

Hilbre Island Lighthouse provides a port landmark for the Hilbre swash in the River Dee estuary.

This small automatic lighthouse came under the full jurisdiction of Trinity House in 1973, before this it was operated by the Mersey Docks and Harbour Board Authority.

Hilbre Island Lighthouse was converted from acetylene gas to solar powered operation in 1995.

The images shown on the Trinity House page for this is a metal frame tower with a red triangle on it. None of the many photos of this part of the island show anything similar, but one photos shows another lighthouse, so its either like the photo or a short metal frame tower with a triangle on. Oh, and it flashes.

A metal frame arrangement with goodies on is shown in a  Geograph picture and other photos but this also does not match the Trinity House photo.

If you live or are near here, can you take a look and send us a photo of what you discover.

The lighthouse that was on this point on 5th February 2009,
this is presumably the 1995 lighthouse, not the current one

Photo by John S Turner

The hole filed with water in the front is where the post for the 'rocket post'.  At one time a rocket was used to summon the lifeboat men out to Hilbre, and the 1913 and 1927 OS maps record a 'Rocket Post' on Hilbre at close to this location. Close up photo of this.

Hilbre Island is the largest of three small islands in the River Dee off the Wirral Coast. It is home to a wide variety of birds and wildlife. To see more details on the history of the island and up to date visiting information take a look at Hilbre Island.

Lighthouse information Grid


Hilbre Island Lighthouse, Cheshire

Current status:

Currently in use

Geographic Position:

53 23.0 N 03 13.7 W

Grid Reference:


Ceremonial County:



Currently a small metal tower with red triangle - to be confirmed

Map Link:

Google Map    StreetMap

Aerial photo:


Other photos:


Originally built:


Current lighthouse built:


Height of Tower:


Height of light above mean sea level:


Character of light:

Red Flash Every 3 Seconds

Character of fog signal:


Range of light:

5 nautical miles

Owned / run by:

Trinity House

Getting there:






Other Useful Websites:

Wiki  (article on island not light)

Hilbre Island

Other Relevant pages:

For more articles, lists and other information see the Lighthouses Section

Lighthouse Map of England and Wales

Featured List of Lighthouses - England and Wales  

List of Minor Lighthouses and Lights - England and Wales



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