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Was out today and spotted, these buildings.
Sorry about the quality of the photos, I was wearing a suit and was'nt goimg to climb over trees to improve the pictures, and I broke a nail, :roll: .
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After speaking to REF, he feels it maybe a POW camp?
Pingley Farm Camp, Bigby High Road, Brigg, Lincolnshire - standard type
Italian then German POWs. Originally designed to house 750 prisoners.
The camp consisted of 35 prisoners' huts (25 accommodation / ablutions, cookhouse, workshops) and 15 guards' huts, recreation ground and garden plots.
There were no guard towers; the prisoners being regarded as 'low risk'. 1,862 PoWs held in 1946 with overflow accommodated in tents and local housing/farms.
Became an agricultural hostel in 1949. 1966 OS Map shows it as a 'Hostel'
As Carnaby says, it is Pingley POW camp, near Brigg, North Lincs. Been there a few times, great place to visit. Some of the insides of the huts have inscriptions and paintings, see below.
I understand the site is due to be levelled for, surprise, housing!
More of my photos below.
Jerry, the first two photos are the camp water tower. I'm guessing that's what caught your eye. It certainly did when Noel and myself were passing a year or so ago!
A very useful document on POW camps, which uses Pingley as a case study can be found here (http://www.english-heritage.org.uk/upload/pdf/18_Prisoner_of_War_Camps_-_What_Survives_and_Where.pdf)
A newspaper article regarding the site's future can be found here (http://www.sleafordstandard.co.uk/brigg-news/Housing-plans-goaheadon-derelict-exPOW.4216304.jp)
Pictures of the wall art can be found here: http://airfieldarchaeology.fotopic.net/c1213468_73.html
There were a number of Coucnil-related documents on the web last year, I think, which related to the development and a, er, "discussion" had broken out regarding the state of preservation of the site. This mainly focussed upon the building which contained the wall art. I'm trying to find them at the moment. As soon as I do, I'll post the links up.
An interesting place indeed.
Well, I've found one of them. It's here (http://committee.west-lindsey.gov.uk/comm_mins/documents/archive/LPSC/Reports/Lpsc0028R.htm) . Scroll down or search for Item 460.
Hope this helps.
Some interesting links:
Sad to relate that this camp was cleared away towards the end of last year.
Lots of pics I found by mistake!
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