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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RIBA137738St Mary Mildenhall, Suffolk: detail of carved roof bracket with figure

 
RIBA137739St Mary Mildenhall, Suffolk: detail of carved roof bracket with figure

 
RIBA137740St Mary Mildenhall, Suffolk: detail of carved roof bracket with figure


RIBA137741St Mary Mildenhall, Suffolk: detail of carved roof bracket with figure

 
RIBA137742St Mary Mildenhall, Suffolk: detail of carved roof bracket with figure

 
RIBA137743St Mary Mildenhall, Suffolk: detail of carved roof bracket with figure


RIBA137744St Mary Mildenhall, Suffolk: detail of carved roof bracket with figures

 
RIBA137745St Mary Mildenhall, Suffolk: detail of carved roof bracket with figures

 
RIBA137746St Mary Mildenhall, Suffolk: detail of carved roof bracket with figures


RIBA137747St Mary Mildenhall, Suffolk: detail of carved roof bracket with figure

 
RIBA137748St Mary Mildenhall, Suffolk: carved roof brackets

 
RIBA137749St Mary Mildenhall, Suffolk: detail of carved roof bracket with figure


RIBA137750St Mary Mildenhall, Suffolk: detail of carved roof brackets with figures

 
RIBA137751St Mary Mildenhall, Suffolk: detail of carved roof brackets

 
RIBA137752St Mary Mildenhall, Suffolk: detail of carved roof bracket


RIBA137753St Mary Mildenhall, Suffolk: the hammerbeam roof with its carved angels

 
RIBA137754St Mary Mildenhall, Suffolk: detail of carved angel on the hammerbeam roof

 
RIBA137755St Mary Mildenhall, Suffolk: detail of carved angel on the hammerbeam roof


RIBA137756St Mary Mildenhall, Suffolk: detail of carved angel on the hammerbeam roof

 
RIBA137757St Mary Mildenhall, Suffolk: detail of carved angel on the hammerbeam roof

 
RIBA137758St Mary Mildenhall, Suffolk: detail of carved angel on the hammerbeam roof


RIBA137759St Mary Mildenhall, Suffolk: detail of carved angel on the hammerbeam roof

 
RIBA137760St Mary Mildenhall, Suffolk: detail of carved angel on the hammerbeam roof

 
RIBA137761St Mary Mildenhall, Suffolk: detail of carved angel on the hammerbeam roof


RIBA137762St Mary Mildenhall, Suffolk: detail of carved angel on the hammerbeam roof

 
RIBA137763St Mary Mildenhall, Suffolk: detail of carved angel on the hammerbeam roof

 
RIBA137764St Mary Mildenhall, Suffolk: detail of the carved brackets and angel figures on the hammerbeam roof


RIBA137765St James Icklingham, Suffolk

 
RIBA137766St James Icklingham, Suffolk, seen from the east

 
RIBA137767St James Icklingham, Suffolk, seen from the north east


RIBA137768St James Icklingham, Suffolk, seen from the churchyard

 
RIBA137769St James Icklingham, Suffolk, detail of the north elevation

 
RIBA137770St James Icklingham, Suffolk: detail of gargoyle rainwater head