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