SJ2889 : Bidston Lighthouse

taken 5 years ago, 3 km from Moreton, Wirral, Great Britain

Bidston Lighthouse
Bidston Lighthouse
There has been a lighthouse on Bidston Hill since about 1771, when the first Bidston Lighthouse was built, further from the shore than any other lighthouse in Britain. The tower was octagonal, and the lamp room featured a massive parabolic reflector, 136″ in diameter, developed at the Bidston Signals Station by William Hutchinson, Liverpool Harbour Master and one-time privateer.
This was a replacement for the second Leasowe lighthouse, which was out at sea. The light from Leasowe lighthouse would be aligned with the light from the bidston (or the previous Leasowe lighthouse) by ships and then they could use this as a navigational aid for shipping entering the Mersey Estuary.

The present Bidston Lighthouse and Cottages were built by Mersey Docks and Harbour Board in 1873, after the original lighthouse was damaged by fire and demolished. The building is Grade-II listed and privately owned.

Built in stone blocks with a "rock face" finish, it has four floors connected by a spiral stone staircase to the third level and thereafter by a steep wooden staircase to the lamp room which has an enormous window, in line with Leasowe lighthouse, and there is access to an external gallery with a cast-iron railing all round the upper structure.

A 6 image stitch of Bidston Lighthouse
Stitching was done using Autopano Giga 3.5 final PP'ing with Photoshop CS6

File Size : 7.4 mb
Camera Make : Canon
Camera Model : Canon EOS 500D
Software : Adobe Photoshop CS6 (Windows)
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Date Taken
Saturday, 3 May, 2014   (more nearby)
Wednesday, 7 May, 2014
Geographical Context
Geological interest  Historic sites and artefacts  Uplands  Housing, Dwellings  Park and Public Gardens  Woodland, Forest  Heath, Scrub 
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Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SJ 286 899 [100m precision]
WGS84: 53:24.0650N 3:4.4577W
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OSGB36: geotagged! SJ 286 899
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Northeast (about 45 degrees)
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