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Report - Finnamore Wood - Young Offenders Institute, Marlow (August 2014)

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History

HMYOI Finnamore Wood was opened in 1961 as a Buckinghamshire open prison for young offenders (18-21 year old males) serving their last 2–3 months before release back into the community. The camp was opened as a satellite camp for Feltham Borstal and later used as an annexe to HM Prison Huntercombe.

Situated in one of the most rural areas of Marlow, Buckinghamshire on the site of the former Evacuation Camp, known as, 'Finnamore Wood Holiday & Evacuation Camp'. The site was used for housing evacuees [1] of Beal Modern Girls' School along with refugees during the Second World War and later the site was used again as a holiday camp during the 1950s, owned by a company named National Camps Corporation. It was bought by the Home Office in 1960.

When the camp closed [2] in 1996, all inmates were transferred to Huntercombe YOI near Henley on Thames, which is still operational as a prison.

David Wilson (criminologist) the Governor of Finnamore Wood Borstal between 1986-1988 is now, Professor of Criminology at Birmingham City University.
A War Evacuation Camp
Sourced from Redbridge Local Studies - Demonstrating Evacuees Arriving at Finnamore Wood 1940

On 22 April 1940 some pupils from Beal Modern Girls' School arrived at their wartime evacuation school, Finnamore Wood Camp. Many girls spent nearly four years at Finnamore Wood before it was safe to return to London. The girls used to spend some time creating useful items to send to the forces fighting in the great war, such as quilts.

Many other evacuees from Beal Modern Girls' School would spend holidays such as Christmas at Finnamore Wood.

The Visit

Visited this place and RAF Daws Hill with member gPub. If you like decay and asbestos, this is the one... Was interesting looking round the place, but dangerous in some places, roofs collapsed, floors collapsing, but interesting none the less. A great day out all round.

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