Lighthouses of the UK No:19 Bishop Rock.
Bishop Rock Lighthouse near the Isles of Scilly is amazing for several reasons . At around 167 feet tall this imposing giant is often known as the ' King of Lighthouses'. Reports vary slightly but give or take a foot this makes it the joint tallest Lighthouse in the UK (along with the current Eddystone Lighthouse.) This miniscule outcrop also formerly held the record for the smallest inhabited island in the world, yet no less than three lighthouses have been built here. The first, an iron screwpile structure, was washed away before it was ever lit. Believe it or not the latter two both still stand. This might seem impossible on a rock measuring only 46 meters long by 16 meters wide. That is, until you think of a Russian doll. James Walker's stone tower was completed in 1858 but by the 1880s dangerous cracks had apeared. The renovation work fell to Walker's successor James Douglass. Douglass liked things big, really big. He had built Britains other tallest Lighthouse on the Eddystone Rocks a few years earlier and decided on a novel aproach at Bishop Rock. He built an entirely new Lighthouse, one which encased it's predecessor, completely hiding the old tower from view and raising it's height by several feet . Re-lit in 1887 the Lighthouse is still in use today.
One notable change in recent years is the addition of a helipad, standard issue for Britain's offshore lighthouses. Scroll to see how it looks now.