Monday, 31 July 2017

Great Orme Head Telegraph Station

Lowry refers to the Liverpool and Holyhead Telegraph in Chapter X111 of In Ballast to the White Sea; "A lone airman, that wintry Easter, was flying over the Irish Sea. Now that the fog had cleared completely he was following the line of the old telegraph stations to Liverpool: Holyhead, Cefn Du, Point Lynas, Puffin Island, Great Ormes Head. Making a spurt, he covered the seventeen miles between Llysfaen over Veryd to Voel Nant in seven minutes."

Original building of timber, built for the Admiralty in 1800/2; taken over by the telegraph in 1827 and rebuilt in 1841. The station closed in c.1863.

The Telegraph Hotel was built on the site of the Telegraph Station in c.1910. The hotel was taken over by the RAF in 1939 and used as a Radar Station.

The telegraph tower is depicted on an historic chart clear to the summit of the Great Orme (676ft) and a track leading to a second tower or lighthouse.

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