The Story of Flatholm

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On Thursday, 29th February 2024 about 40 people gathered in the Parish Hall to hear local historian Alan Thorne’s talk about Flatholm.

Alan told the history of the island from Roman times to the end of the Second World War.  Flatholm has been used as an isolation hospital during cholera outbreaks as well as defending the Bristol Channel and the ports from Cardiff to Bristol on both sides of the Channel.

Flatholm may be best known for the first broadcast of radio waves across water from Lavernock Point to the island by Marconi.

It also played a part in the formation of the Missions to Seamen.

The lighthouse has played an important part in preventing shipwrecks in the area.  Today, Flatholm is a wildlife sancturary.





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