Great days out at Leasowe Lighthouse! The oldest brick built lighthouse in Britain opens its doors on first and third Sunday of month this summer.
Leasowe Lighthouse was built in 1763 and originally one of a pair of lights that were to be aligned to mark safe passage past the Wirral and into Liverpool. The white tower, which is Britains oldest brick-built lighthouse, worked for most of its operational life in conjunction with the tower on Bidston Hill as its original matching front range light (or low light) collapsed within just a few years of being built, due to storm damage.
The white painted structure is 33.5 metres in height and has arched windows on every floor to the top of the tower. The keepers originally lived in a house next to the tower but there was additional living area inside the tower, although the keeper’s house has been demolished since the light was extinguished in 1908. The light at the top was housed in a brick room with small rectangular wooden framed windows instead of being in a more traditional glass lantern-room; this means that the gallery around the light only needed to curve around half of the tower.
Leasowe Lighthouse had been left, unloved and uninhabited, from 1935. It had deteriorated and was regularly vandalised, the stairs had been sold for scrap and the only things apparently interested in it were the hundreds of pigeons who called it home.
In 1988 a firm of developers submitted plans to develop the Lighthouse. Their proposal failed but this was instrumental in the forming of The Friends of Leasowe Lighthouse.
The ground floor was occupied by Mike Garbutt, a Coastal Park Ranger. None of the upper rooms were available; at least 3 floors were badly burned or missing. He called on local residents and others to for a Friends Group, the inaugural meeting being held on 24th October 1989. Open days started almost immediately although there was only the ground floor available.
During the first few years, unexpected tasks fell to the Friends, such as fighting off a second attempt by developers to convert the lighthouse into a pub and restaurant. The Friends also realised, after two years, that the Council was unable to continue its work of restoring the lighthouse any further. So began many years of fund-raising.
When the Lighthouse is not open or if you live far from us you can still enjoy the view from the top and check the weather on the Wirral by looking through our webcam.
The camera normally runs 24 hours per day and the picture from it usually updates every 60 seconds. We sometimes also broadcast the abseil events on our webcam and anything interesting happening out at sea that is in range of the Lighthouse.
Check out below. Lots of brilliant real time footage from the Wirral Peninsula and North West UK
The view from Leasowe Lighthouse via WIRRALCAM.
Lots of great activities at Leasowe Lighthouse here:
Opening Times of Leasowe Lighthouse.
For viewing the lighthouse:
March – September, 1st and 3rd Sundays of the month 1pm – 5pm
October to February 1st Sunday of the month 12pm – 4pm
Guided tours to the top:
£2 for adults. £1 for Children who must be 1.06 metres tall to be able to take the tour.
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