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Report - Polish refugee camp, RAF site and chicken farm, Sandy Lane, Melton Mowbray January 13

Discussion in 'Military Sites' started by Stealthstar79, Apr 29, 2013.

  1. Stealthstar79

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    I often walk my dogs here and should have taken pictures years ago!
    Located in Melton Mowbray, Sandy / Lovers Lane.
    It is a burned out, smashed up shell of buildings that have caused lots of trouble for the local authorities, who have dubbed it a death trap!
    Planning applications have been turned down but recently talks of a new chicken farm have had petitions started up against the idea.
    The site is immediately adjacent on two sides to a nationally important Scheduled Ancient Monument, a medieval leper hospital.

    In the late 1940s and early 1950s, having married and established families the Poles were confronted with the same scarcity of private and public housing that constituted an enormous problem for the British population. Unable to integrate the Poles into the towns and cities in the early fifties, the British government decided instead to settle them on the disused air-bases and army encampments. One of these old airfields was located south of Melton Mowbray. The Polish men and women who lived on these various refugee camps went out to work in local industries, commuting by train, bus and bike to the urban areas. The children were sent to the local English schools. During the day only the old remained on the camps. It should be pointed out that although the Poles lived in drafty, damp barracks without running water, or heating and had to use communal sanitary arrangements, they were, nonetheless, expected to pay rent for these barely adequate facilities. They also had to pay for their own electricity. In addition, they paid taxes and national insurance just like the British population. Only the old and disabled Poles received a minimum amount from the National Assistance Board, about eight to ten shillings a week (50p in modern terms), since they had never contributed to the government pension scheme. Out of this small sum they had to pay for rent and fuel, as well as food and clothes.


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    #1 Stealthstar79, Apr 29, 2013
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