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Report - Brigstock Camp, Brigstock, July 2011

Discussion in 'Other Sites' started by jay, Jul 26, 2011.

  1. jay

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    Ok guys be gentle as this is my first report on 28DL :D

    Visited this site the other day with Cowen. Never new this place existed although it turns out I have driven right by it many times in the past. As newbies on here we were eager to get cracking and as this camp is only a short 10 minute drive we decided to make it our first port of call.

    Site History

    I know a couple of people have visited already and posted this info up, but it saves having to the search for it I guess :)

    Brigstock Camp was built 1925 and over the years was used as an Emigration Camp, an Army Camp, ATS and Land Army Camp, US Army Training School, and in 1960 Stewarts & Lloyds Steelworks purchased Brigstock Camp for £23,000 at an auction. One hundred people moved from Scotland to work at the Steelworks and used Brigstock Camp for their living quarters and paid between £2.00 to £4.00 a week in rent and were allowed to stay up to nine months to allow them to find suitable accommodation.

    - 55 Huts built 1925

    - Sold to war office in 1939, Army camp for world war 2

    - After the war was a home to 400 ATS Auxiliary Territorial Service Females until 1947.

    - Plans were drawn up for an open Borstal, but never happened.

    - American Army took over in 1951

    - Closed 1954

    - Opened in 1960 for Steelworkers accommodation.


    Ok so here are the pictures I took from the visit - Apologies if there are too many, but I took about 100 and had to pick out the better ones to show here. My photography skills are improving, but no way near as good as some of the guys posting on this forum, so if you have any tips for getting the most out of my SLR I would be very grateful :thumb

    (in case anyone cares: Nikon D3000, 18-55mm VR lens)

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