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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RIBA138521Duff Sreet, Lansbury Estate, Poplar

 
RIBA138522Disused railway lines, South Bermondsey, London

 
RIBA138523Subway, Crystal Palace Parade, London


RIBA138524Bridge Yard during development of Chamberlain’s Wharf, Bermondsey, London

 
RIBA138525Valve tower, Banbury Reservoir, Walthamstow, London

 
RIBA138526River Lea Flood Relief Channel, Hackney, London


RIBA138527World War II pillbox, Tripcock Ness, Thamesmead, London

 
RIBA138528Houses, Holland Park, Kensington, London

 
RIBA138529Tower Bridge, London, seen from the south bank


RIBA138530Folly of ruins, Gunnersbury Park, London

 
RIBA138531'Eyecatcher', Chiswick House Gardens, London

 
RIBA138532Parish boundary stones, Hampstead Heath, London


RIBA138533Condemned tower blocks (companions to Ronan Point), Freemason's Estate, Canning Town, Newham, London

 
RIBA138534Beckton gasworks, London: 'post-Kubrick ruins'

 
RIBA138535Colechurch House stairs, Tooley Street, Southwark, London


RIBA138536Albert Bridge, Battersea, London, seen at night

 
RIBA138537Lots Road Power Station (aka Fulham Power Station), Chelsea, London, seen at night

 
RIBA138538Docklands Light Railway viaduct, Connaught Crossing, Newham, London, seen at night


RIBA138539Preserved crane, Poplar Dock, London

 
RIBA138540Trafalgar Way security tower, Isle of Dogs, London, with Canary Wharf in the background

 
RIBA138541Canary Wharf underground station, Isle of Dogs, London: the escalators


RIBA138542Canary Wharf, Isle of Dogs, London, looking towards Canada Square, seen at night

 
RIBA138543Beneath Silvertown viaduct, Newham, London, seen at night

 
RIBA138544Royal Naval College, Greenwich, London: the colonnade, seen at night


RIBA138545Millbank, London: Henry Moore sculpture, with the SIS (Secret Intelligence Service MI6) building across the river, seen at night

 
RIBA138546Gangway leading to HMS Belfast, with Tower Bridge in the background, London, seen at night

 
RIBA138547Tower Bridge, London, floodlit at night


RIBA138548Thames Barrier, Greenwich, London, seen at night

 
RIBA138549Millennium Dome (02 Arena), Greenwich, London, seen from the north bank

 
RIBA138550City Hall (GLA building) steps, Queen's Walk, South Bank, Southwark, London, with Tower Bridge in the background


RIBA138551Concrete section, Greenwich peninsula, London

 
RIBA13855220 Fenchurch Street nearing completion, City of London, seen from below at night

 
RIBA138553Sugar Dock foreshore, London: looking through the concrete piers towards Tower Bridge at night