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Report - St Athan boys village - South Wales - May 2015

Discussion in 'Other Sites' started by Loocyloo, May 3, 2015.

  1. Loocyloo

    Loocyloo 28DL Regular User
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    After two failed sites the day before sat in a hotel room determined not to make the journey home without exploring anything, JdotN15 and I took advantage of the free wifi and researched to find somewhere. After arriving at the boys village, it was easier than Camelot to get into :thumb. It was almost impossible to take a picture without any graffiti in it and it was pretty much a wreck.

    History bit
    Co-founders of the Boys' Clubs of Wales were first inspired to build a holiday camp for the sons of miners from the South Wales Coalfield in the early 1920s after attending a youth camp in Kent. 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. The buildings included a dining hall, dormitories, a gym, swimming pool, workshops and a church. There was also a full-sized cricket pitch, putting green, tennis courts, football and rugby grounds and a pavilion. A War Memorial in the centre of the complex commemorated men from the coalfields who had lost their lives in the two World Wars. It closed because the camp went into administration.
    What it looked like back in the day:
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    Thanks guyyyyys:thumb
     

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