DARGANFYDDWCH DREFTADAETH Y RHYFEL BYD CYNTAF YNG NGHYMRU

DISCOVER THE LEGACY OF THE WAR IN WALES

1914

1918

 

First World War Sites in north west Wales

 

 

Cymraeg

Marconi Wireless Stations

Communications are critical in war and when the First World War broke out the latest development was long wave radio telegraphy. Two wireless stations had just been built by the Marconi Wireless Telegraph Company at Waunfawr, near Caernarfon and at Tywyn and had started test transmissions across the Atlantic and to other countries. These stations were taken over by the government for war use, but experimentation continued, including the development of short-wave wireless transmissions.

The station at Waunfawr was a transmitting station, opened in 1914. The Tywyn station was the receiver station and also controlled the transmitting station. The transmitter building and staff accommodation building still survive at Waunfawr, as well as numerous concrete bases for the aerial that ran up the hill of Cefndu. The main receiver building at Tywyn was converted into two dwellings and the staff accommodation was sold off but the houses are still known as the Marconi Bungalows. Some traces of the aerial on the hill above also appear to survive.

One of the first Marconi wireless stations was built in Holyhead to communicate with ships and some evidence was found that this was also used during the First World War. Certainly in use during the war was a wireless station was constructed near Llaneilian to communicate with the airships from Llangefni.

 


The transmitter house at the Marconi Wireless Station near Waunfawr

 


Transmitter aerial base on Cefndu

 


Transmitter aerial bases on Cefndu

 

 

Every effort has been made to contact the copyright holders of materials included on this Website.
If visitors consider materials to be their copyright and have not been contacted by the GAT, please contact us at WWI@heneb.co.uk