SH4037 : The site of the former Broom Hall Airfield

taken 12 years ago, near to Abererch, Gwynedd, Great Britain

The site of the former Broom Hall Airfield
The site of the former Broom Hall Airfield
This was a private airfield initially developed for the use of William Prys Evans, the son of Lt-Col Owen Lloyd-Jones-Evans of Broom Hall (former C.O. of 4th Batt, Royal Welch Fusiliers), who flew a D.H.Hornet Moth G-ADY and for gliding by the Pwllheli and District Gliding Club in which William was the leading light. On the 6th, April, 1937 Prys Evans' Hornet Moth failed to gain height and crashed into a stone wall killing the son and heir of Broom Hall.
In 1946 the Broomhall estate was purchased by Billy Butlin who was in the process of converting HMS Glendower into the Pwllheli Butlins holiday camp. A keen aviator, Butlin purchased additional land from the adjoining Rhedynog Ganol farm to enlarge the airstrip and provide two runways North-South (2150ft long) and East-West (1,800'). Flights were provided for Butlin campers, few of whom had flown before. Cambrian Airways began a commercial service from the airfield to Cardiff and Dublin using Rapide aircraft. The Dublin-Broom Hall fare was 8.25p.
Following a fatal accident involving an Auster, activity at Broom Hall came to an end in the mid-1960s and the main hangar was demolished. The land was then sold back to Rhedynog Isaf and is now used for sheep rearing.

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Friday, 23 April, 2010   (more nearby)
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Sunday, 2 May, 2010
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Airfield (disused)   (more nearby)
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OSGB36: geotagged! SH 409 375 [100m precision]
WGS84: 52:54.6998N 4:22.0473W
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OSGB36: geotagged! SH 409 377
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