SH3293 : The high walls of Bryn Aber

taken 1 year ago, near to Llanfairynghornwy, Isle of Anglesey/Sir Ynys Mon, Great Britain

The high walls of Bryn Aber
The high walls of Bryn Aber
An unusual place once owned by a rather unusual man. Bryn Aber is a house surrounded by very high brick walls, giving the whole estate an almost prison-like appearance. It was once the home of Captain Vivian Hewitt, whose chief claim to fame was that he was the first person to fly an aircraft across the Irish Sea on 26th April 1912. The flight, and its claim to be a 'first' is slightly controversial as only a few days previously Denys Corbett Wilson had also flown from Wales to Ireland, taking off from Goodwick in Pembrokeshire SM9438 and landing near Enniscorthy. I suppose one could say that Wilson's flight was across St George's Channel and not the Irish Sea. Hewitt's flight began near Rhyl, but he landed and took off again from near Holyhead, landing in Phoenix Park in Dublin. So why the high walls around the house? I've heard theories that include the following...... to act as a windbreak, because Hewitt was a shy and reclusive individual, and to keep the local cats out. Any, or none of these could be true. Hewitt was a keen ornithologist and was involved in creating the bird reserve at Cemlyn.
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Date Taken
Thursday, 6 July, 2017   (more nearby)
Submitted
Friday, 21 July, 2017
Geographical Context
Coastal  Historic sites and artefacts  Housing, Dwellings  Estuary, Marine 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SH 3290 9345 [10m precision]
WGS84: 53:24.6795N 4:30.9305W
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OSGB36: geotagged! SH 3291 9351
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