Muswell Manor – Early Aviation

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In 1909, the Short Brothers built their first aircrafts, the Wright Flyers, in the first aircraft building factory in the World, at Muswell Manor in Leysdown.

At this time, the Manor was also the headquarters of the Royal Aero Club of Great Britain, and was visited by many distinguished pioneer aviators such as C.S. Rolls, J.T.C. Brabazon, the Wright Brothers and Frank McClean. 

In 1909, the first recognised flight by an Englishman, and the first circular mile in Britain were flown from here, by J.T.C. Brabazon. 

An exhibition of these events and biographical details of the main personnel involved is displayed in Muswell Manor today.

Click here to view more information about Muswell Manor and its place in the birth of British Aviation.