Urmsons of Bidston Lighthouse
Stephen Pickles
One family kept the original Bidston Lighthouse for a century. The lighthouse keepers were Richard Wilding (1771-1797), his widow Elizabeth (1797-1800), her son-in-law William Urmson (1800-1835), then his daughter Ann (1835-1869). All four died in service. Ann's husband (and second cousin) John Urmson carried on as assistant keeper (1869-1872). William's daughter Jane and her husband Thomas Nicholls kept the telegraph.

Last updated 24 Aug 2014.