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New Brighton Lighthouse

aka Perch Rock Lighthouse

New Brighton, Cheshire

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Aerial photo by Marinas.com more images are available

Morse code signal tower

Photo by Bob Abell from Fort Perch

 This view is from New Brighton beach, along a stone groin (foreground)
towards the main channel into Liverpool.

Photo by Ian Petticrew 

New Brighton Lighthouse, originally known as Perch Rock Lighthouse after the navigation hazard that it marks, came into operation in 1830 and continued as a navigation beacon until 1st October 1973, when it became a victim of modern navigation technology. The tower rises 90ft above the rock, the first half of which is solid. To gain access when the tide is out a ladder is needed to reach the first of the 15 iron rungs built in to the side of the tower that lead up to the door. A spiral staircase leads to the keepers' accommodation consisting of a galley/kitchen, a bathroom, a living room and a bedroom and then up to the lamp room.

Photo Mike Pennington

Photo by Ron Franklin 

Perch Rock Lighthouse, situated where the river Mersey merges into Liverpool Bay. It sits on a rock that was previously called Black Rock which in 1683 had a 'perch' erected on it by the city of Liverpool to try to stop ships from floundering upon it. On 8th June 1827 construction started with the foundation stone being laid by the then Mayor of Liverpool, Thomas Littledale. Using a similar design to the Eddystone Lighthouse,   Tomkinson and Company, used interlocking granite stones fused together with a cement called 'Puzzellani' which is derived from volcanic ash.

Photo by John Harding

The lighthouse foundation was laid on 8th June 1827.

View from near boating lake showing lighthouse and part of the fort
Photo Ian Petticrew

Fort Perch Rock, New Brighton  Photo by Tom Pennington

New Brighton had the tallest tower in the country at 567ft high, but this fell into disuse and was demolished in 1921, at the same time Blackpool Tower (518ft) was also nearly demolished,  under the tower was a ballroom but this was destroyed by fire in 1969.

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New Brighton Lighthouse, Cheshire

Current status:

Not in use as a lighthouse since October 1973

Geographic Position:

53 26" 43' -3 2" 32'

Wirral Peninsula, Mouth of River Mersey

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White tower with red top, on beech not far from a fort.

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Originally built:


Current lighthouse built:


Height of Tower:


Height of light above mean sea level:

77ft above water

Character of light:

was Signal tower (Morse Code)

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Range of light:


Owned / run by:

Maintained by the Kingham family

Getting there:

On beach you can get up close when the tide is out or see it with water at other times.


No internal access as far as I am aware.



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