Margate harbour, Kent

Lighting the Way 

Images of Lighthouses from the RIBA Collections

Of the many navigational aids lighthouses are perhaps the most symbolic and, frequently by virtue of the need to construct them in wild and rugged locations, some of the most challenging to build.

This article about five very different lighthouses from 1543 to 1960 is accompanied by the gallery below showing the wide range of images of lighthouses held in the RIBA Collections.

All of the images are available to download, purchase or license as well as other images here with a nautical theme.  

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RIBA137705St Mary, Mildenhall, Suffolk: the south entrance porch overlooking the churchyard

 
RIBA137706St Mary, Mildenhall, Suffolk: the west tower and south entrance porch

 
RIBA137707St Mary, Mildenhall, Suffolk: the west tower and south entrance porch


RIBA137708St Mary, Mildenhall, Suffolk: the west tower and entrance

 
RIBA137709St Mary, Mildenhall, Suffolk: the south porch, seen from the west

 
RIBA137710St Mary, Mildenhall, Suffolk: the west entrance tower


RIBA137711St Mary, Mildenhall, Suffolk: the north entrance porch

 
RIBA137712St Mary, Mildenhall, Suffolk: the west tower and north chapel

 
RIBA137713St Mary, Mildenhall, Suffolk: the north elevation


RIBA137714St Mary, Mildenhall, Suffolk: the vaulting on the ground floor of the north porch, seen from below

 
RIBA137715St Mary, Mildenhall, Suffolk: detail of the north entrance door

 
RIBA137716St Mary, Mildenhall, Suffolk: detail of the door of the north entrance porch


RIBA137717St Mary, Mildenhall, Suffolk: detail of carved woodwork on the north entrance door

 
RIBA137718St Mary, Mildenhall, Suffolk: detail of the fan vaulting in the ground floor of the west tower

 
RIBA137719St Mary Mildenhall, Suffolk: detail of fan vaulting in the ground floor of the west tower


RIBA137720St Mary Mildenhall, Suffolk: detail of fan vaulting in the ground floor of the west tower

 
RIBA137721St Mary Mildenhall, Suffolk: detail of fan vaulting in the ground floor of the west tower

 
RIBA137722St Mary Mildenhall, Suffolk: detail of the hammerbeam roof with its carved angels


RIBA137723St Mary Mildenhall, Suffolk: detail of the hammerbeam roof with its carved angels

 
RIBA137724St Mary Mildenhall, Suffolk: detail of the hammerbeam roof with its carved angels

 
RIBA137725St Mary Mildenhall, Suffolk: detail of the hammerbeam roof with its carved angels


RIBA137726St Mary Mildenhall, Suffolk: detail of the hammerbeam roof with its carved angels

 
RIBA137727St Mary Mildenhall, Suffolk: the east window with 19th century stained glass

 
RIBA137728St Mary Mildenhall, Suffolk: the hammerbeam roof with its alternating cambered tie beams and carved angels


RIBA137729St Mary Mildenhall, Suffolk: detail of the hammerbeam roof with its alternating cambered tie beams and carved angels

 
RIBA137730St Mary Mildenhall, Suffolk: detail of the carved brackets of the hammerbeam roof

 
RIBA137731St Mary Mildenhall, Suffolk: detail of carved roof bracket


RIBA137732St Mary Mildenhall, Suffolk: detail of carved roof brackets

 
RIBA137733St Mary Mildenhall, Suffolk: detail of carved roof brackets

 
RIBA137734St Mary Mildenhall, Suffolk: detail of carved roof brackets


RIBA137735St Mary Mildenhall, Suffolk: detail of carved roof brackets

 
RIBA137736St Mary Mildenhall, Suffolk: detail of carved roof brackets

 
RIBA137737St Mary Mildenhall, Suffolk: detail of carved roof bracket with figure