St Mary's Lighthouse

St Mary's Lighthouse, Whitley Bay, North Tyneside. John Miller & Co., 1897. According to Peter Ashley, the lighhouse is 260' high, and it took 640 blocks of Heworth stone and 750,000 bricks to construct the lighthouse and keepers' cottages. Of special interest is the information that there used to be a monastic cell here, the light from which would have served a similar purpose to the lighthouse in days gone by. Photograph and text 2014 by Jacqueline Banerjee. [You may use this image without prior permission for any scholarly or educational purpose as long as you (1) credit the photographer and (2) link your document to this URL or cite the Victorian Web on a print one. Click on the image to enlarge it.]

Related Material


Ashley, Peter. Guiding Lights. London: Everyman Pocket Books/English Heritage, 2001.

Last modified 20 November 2014