Built as an inn nearly two centuries ago, the hotel was established for the purpose of providing comfortable and convivial accommodation for those having business in the area. The Ashburnham Hotel inherits the name from the Earl of Ashburnham. Pembrey was generally dominated by the Ashburnham family, the Earl lived until the 1920s at Pembrey house. The family’s wealth was substantially drawn from Pembrey; as late as 1873 the Earl owned 7,568 acres in Wales.
Amelia Earhart Landing in Burry Port Harbour 1928
Just after noon on June 18, 1928, inhabitants of the nearby town of Burry Port in Carmarthenshire caught the heavy drone of aircraft engines. Looking skywards they were soon able to pick out the graceful lines of a small orange aeroplane making its way to them. The aircraft, named “Friendship,” landed in the Loughor estuary and just after 12.40pm.
Inside the aeroplane was Miss Amelia Earhart and by who became the first woman ever to fly across the Atlantic ocean. Amelia Earhart was not the only person on board. With her in the plane were the pilot Wilmer Stultz and mechanic Lou Gordon had intended to leaveBurry Port that same night, heading on to Southampton, but they postpone their departure and spent the night in the Ashburnham Hotel.