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Hill of Oaks, Cartmel Fell
Hill of Oaks
civil parish:-   Cartmel Fell (formerly Lancashire)
county:-   Cumbria
locality type:-   hill (?) 
coordinates:-   SD38579013
1Km square:-   SD3890
10Km square:-   SD39

evidence:-   old map:- OS County Series (Lan 8 7) 
placename:-  Hill of Oaks
source data:-   Maps, County Series maps of Great Britain, scales 6 and 25 inches to 1 mile, published by the Ordnance Survey, Southampton, Hampshire, from about 1863 to 1948.

Hill of Oaks was where Captain Edward Wakefield kept a seaplane, Waterbird; presumably near the water's edge. Capt wakefield owned the plane, a modified Avro-Curtiss made by A V Roe. It was flown successfully from lake Windermere on 25 November 1911, piloted by Herbert Stanley; a five miles flight at about 45mph. This was the first successful seaplane fleight in the British Empire. There were two other earlier flights about the same time: Oliver Schwann took off from Barrow-in-Furness, and Oscar Gnosspelius from lake Windermere, both flights ending in crash landings.
Catain Wakefield patented the float designs. He and Herbert Stanley set up the Lakes Flying Company, offering trips.
Early in 1912 a storm destroyed the hangar and the seaplane.

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