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Lead or Rumour info - Latchmere House (Former Prison) , Ham , Richmond

Discussion in 'Leads, Rumours and News...' started by feelingpeckish, Oct 15, 2013.

  1. feelingpeckish

    feelingpeckish 28DL Member
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    Hi All, this is my first post, so i'm sorry if i have no right to post..

    Anyway, My sister, lives behind this site & i visit once a week, as mentioned below it closed in 2011. It did have security patrolling at the start, but now its been borded up the security are no longer present. it has been taken over by berkley homes to turn into housing, i think it will start next year.

    I believe the actual house is listed, so will stay, and while the out buildings may not be up to much, there are plenty of tunnels underneath the former prison, i have been told by residents who use to work in the prison service.

    I hope this helps.

    A bit of info below.

    Built in the 19th century, Latchmere was used as a hospital treating shell-shocked officers during World War I, but gained lasting notoriety in the 1939-45 conflict.

    Then known as Camp 020, it was used as an interrogation centre for captured German agents.

    The site was not listed by the Red Cross, and the Geneva Convention did not apply to inmates because they were not classed as prisoners of war – an early echo of the CIA’s alleged ‘black sites’ today, perhaps.

    However, monocled camp commandant Lt Col Robin ‘Tin Eye’ Stephens took a tough line against torture, believing it was not only immoral, but also produced less valuable intelligence.

    MI5 used Latchmere House to interrogate and break captured Nazi agents, and turn some into double agents as part of its ‘double cross system’.

    The security service’s official history confirms several Nazi leaders were held there, and local historians count Hitler’s deputy Rudolf Hess and William Joyce, better known as wireless traitor Lord Haw-Haw, among their number.

    Documents released in 1999 show some 480 suspects passed through its gates.

    The prison service took over the site in 1948, and it was used as a junior and senior detention centre, a young offenders’ institution and an immigration centre, before becoming a resettlement prison in 1991.

    Home - Latchmere House
    #1 feelingpeckish, Oct 15, 2013
    Last edited: Oct 15, 2013

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  2. AuntieKnickers

    AuntieKnickers inquisitive historian
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    Feb 21, 2010
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    nice one, thanks for the heads up :thumb
  3. Speed

    Speed Got Epic?
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    Really good Lead, thanks! hopefully a local will check it out!
  4. pirate

    pirate Rum Swigger
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    Jan 5, 2010
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    Tried ages ago but looks like it may be worth another poke
  5. PCWOX

    PCWOX 28DL Regular User
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    Nov 6, 2012
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    Someone local definitely needs to have another sniff....
  6. professor frink

    professor frink Reppin Bumbaclaat
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    Nov 1, 2009
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    I too have been on this for some time. Hopefully now that development is occurring the fences may come down :thumb
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