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Report - St Athan Boys Village Aberthaw SEPT 2013

Discussion in 'Leisure Sites' started by Lenston, Sep 28, 2013.

  1. Lenston

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    Visited with dangerous dave, this place has been done many times, being as it is just on my doorstep it was rude not to

    Some history

    Philanthropist David Davies, 1st Baron Davies of Llandinam and president of the Ocean Coal Company was first inspired to build a holiday camp for the sons of miners from the South Wales Coalfield in the early 1920s. Opened on August 8, 1925, the camp offered them an escape from the polluted and unhealthy atmosphere of Valleys industrial towns and a place to play and be free, as well as being close to the nearby beach. Over the years its usage developed to include the teaching of apprenticeships and new skills and a youth hostel was opened on site.
    After its closure, the site was used for residential Bible courses by various church groups. Sold in 2000 to a new owner, it was stripped of its equipment and rented to a family. When they moved out in 2008 it was taken over by airsoft enthusiasts, graffiti artists and vandals. Various buildings were demolished from 2008 due to extensive fire damage, including the Sir Maynard Jenour building, which was built in the 1980s, the recreation building and a few residential and administrative buildings. The swimming pool roof which collapsed some years after the site's closure was also removed. Much of the debris that littered the remaining buildings was cleared.

    In 2010, the owner placed the site on the market. Unprotected by any form of conservation order, the site could be cleared for redevelopment.
    In June 2011 the area was secured with gates and fences, as well as large boulders and rubble to deter vehicles from parking near the site.
    As of February 2012 there is little security on site, and most of the area is easily accessible.

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    #1 Lenston, Sep 28, 2013
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