SS9078 : Hut 9 Island Farm Prisoner of War camp, Bridgend

taken 8 years ago, near to Ewenny, The Vale of Glamorgan/Bro Morgannwg, Great Britain

Hut 9 Island Farm Prisoner of War camp, Bridgend
Hut 9 Island Farm Prisoner of War camp, Bridgend
A view of the whole hut from the corner of the tall surrounding fence. This is the hut that the German soldiers escaped from and is the only part of the former camp that has not been demolished.
Looks like someone pops in every now and then to mow the lawn, except at the far end where the trees are starting to encroach.
Island Farm: POW Camp 198 at Bridgend :: SS8978
This POW camp was the site of the Welsh Great Escape.
The huts were originally built as accommodation for the workers of Bridgend's wartime munitions factories - but the workers declined, preferring their own homes to the functional huts despite the long daily commute from distant towns.
After a spell housing American troops destined for Europe it was then re-purposed as a prisoner of war camp for captured German soldiers. It was during this time that the famous escape occurred leading to German soldiers roaming the Welsh countryside.
At the end of the war it became a holding area for the defendants at the Nuremberg Trials.
The site was then abandoned and it deteriorated until it was eventually levelled in the early 1990s. Only Hut 9 (the "Escape" hut) was preserved. Now the hut is enclosed in a tall metal fence.
The surrounding camp area is now so overgrown that it is rumoured to be protected habitat.
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Date Taken
Saturday, 12 March, 2011   (more nearby)
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Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SS 9003 7848 [10m precision]
WGS84: 51:29.6720N 3:35.1295W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SS 9006 7851
View Direction
Southwest (about 225 degrees)
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