Rock Lighthouses of Britain & Ireland

Rock Lighthouses of Britain & Ireland

Christopher Nicholson

  • A much expanded new edition of the classic bestselling lighthouse book
  • Features over 300 illustrations and many dramatic photographs, in full colour
  • Foreword by HRH The Princess Royal, Patron of the Northern Lighthouse Board and Master of Trinity House


Print edition: £24.95
297 x 210mm
320 pages
c. 350 illustrations (inc. 28 plans and 58 drawings), colour throughout

Rock Lighthouses of Britain & Ireland is a new edition of the classic work on the subject but with some of the most famous Irish rock lighthouses included. The text has been updated to include the modern technology being used by the lighthouse authorities, as well as all the historical advances made over the centuries at British and Irish rock lights. This is complemented by scores of new  and many stunning photographs as well as historic plans and drawings, many of them highly colourful and artistic, as used by the original lighthouse builders. At the end are comprehensive and detailed tables about all the rock lighthouses maintained by the three lighthouse authorities.

Building on the acclaim received for the earlier editions, it brings the history of these iconic structures completely up-to-date, from the days before the first granite block was laid, through their construction, automation, the disappearance of the lighthouse keeper, right up to today’s totally automatic operation.

These are some of the world’s most famous rock lighthouses, and their stories of men battling against Nature’s most powerful forces to build a structure designed to save lives on a seemingly impossible site. Rock Lighthouses of Britain & Ireland spans the centuries between the world’s first rock lighthouse on the Eddystone reef, to the very last rock lighthouse constructed in the traditional style – on Ireland’s Fastnet Rock – and accordingly it will remain the premier book about rock lighthouses.

Praise for the previous edition:

‘...what a book it is, with new and revised text, information, layout and superb illustrations ... This is truly a feast of good reading for casual reader and serious pharologist alike. ...a rollicking good book, a copy of which really ought to be on everyone’s sagging bookshelf. Buy and enjoy’. LAMP

I regard this as the best book I've yet read on the subject and if anyone wants an engrossing history of British rock lighthouses with a potent dose of high peril on the seas you probably need go no further.

Something haunting about the photos featured in this book and the stories of their construction and maintenance are epic.

The way it's written you really get a feel for the elements and this book is never anything less than absorbing. The author's enthusiasm for these towers and admiration for their architects and builders is palpable.

An exceptional read on the subject of pharology.


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