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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RIBA3699-74St Mary's Church, Woolpit, Suffolk: close-up of the hammer-beam roof

 
RIBA3700-74Pattenden Manor, Goudhurst, Kent

 
RIBA3701-74Bluewater shopping centre, Dartford, Kent


RIBA3702-74Stansted Airport, Essex

 
RIBA3703-74Natural History Museum, Cromwell Road, South Kensington, London: the twin towers marking the main entrance

 
RIBA3704-74Kenwood House, Hampstead, London, seen from across Hampstead Heath


RIBA3705-74Queen's House, Greenwich, London, seen from Observatory Hill

 
RIBA3708-74George Street, Bath

 
RIBA3709-74Eaton Square, Belgravia, London


RIBA3710-74Park Crescent, Regent's Park, London, seen from the west

 
RIBA3711-74Housing, 103-123 St Marks Road, London

 
RIBA3712-74St Paul's, Covent Garden, London: the east facade on Covent Garden


RIBA3714-74The Rosslyn Arms, Hampstead, London

 
RIBA3715-74Cumberland Terrace, Regent's Park, London: central section