Web
Analytics
Report - - POW Camp 116 - HATFIELD HEATH - Sept 2016 | Military Sites | 28DaysLater.co.uk
  • Welcome to 28DaysLater.co.uk - 28DL - The UK Urban Exploring / Urban Exploration / Urbex Forums.

    Asylums and Hospitals, High Stuff, Industrial, Leisure Sites, Residential Sites, Military Sites, Mines and Quarries, ROC Posts, Theatres and Cinemas, Draining, Underground Sites, European and International Sites, Leads, Rumours and News, Kit, Clothing, Equipment, Photography and Video sections, plus Private & Local Groups and a lot more.

    Please feel free to browse this website as a guest. However, creating an account allows you to search, post replies, start new threads, use bookmarking, live chat, messaging and notification systems. Also, it removes some ads.

    Create an account | Login | Request new password

Report - POW Camp 116 - HATFIELD HEATH - Sept 2016

Will Knot

28DL Regular User
Regular User
#1
The Explore....

Away on business for a couple of days so in between sites I decided to go for a little solo mooch around one of the local explores......:thumb

A Bit of History.....

Prisoner of War Camp 116 was set up in 1941 to house Italian prisoners of war, and from 1943-1944 it mainly held German and Austrian prisoners.

The POW's were allowed out to work on the nearby farms and one local has this memory of it......"The Austrian and German prisoners of war were kept in a camp at Hatfield Heath and sent out daily to 'help on the land'.
Our first batch were Austrian and they were hard workers and Mum was so sorry for them she looked at their ration for the day and promptly invited them to share our food - they even ate with us. The next lot were German and all but one of those were also polite, hard workers and they too shared our food and ate in the kitchen with us. My biggest impression was the way they stood whenever Mum got up and would never sit until she too sat down. Dad corresponded for some time with one of them, a Walter Scheile from Beilefeld in Germany."

The English Heritage Document entitled "PRISONER OF WAR CAMPS (1939 – 1948)" has this to say about it
Camp 116 conforms to the so-called ‘Standard’ layout, with the guards’ compound consisting of MoWP huts, while the living huts are all timber Laing huts.

The work was totally voluntary and the lifestyle quite enjoyable in comparison to the life British POWs endured in German hands.

There were a lot of Italians at the main camp in Hatfield Heath, which was built for about 750 people. The camp was non-Nazi, so it was classed low-risk and there was a War Agricultural Committee which arranged for Land Girls to pick up prisoners and take them to allotted farms and then take them back again. There were also two satellite camps, one in Matching Tye and one in Bishop's Stortford, which were on a smaller scale and the prisoners at the Matching Tye camp were sent to work on land which is now Harlow.

On with the piccies......;)

30060044076_ebf5909ac7_b.jpg


30011126021_ecbe20a3e5_b.jpg


30094499735_514652b8d5_b.jpg


30010630651_f0ce902cdf_b.jpg


30094067415_2f837cd317_b.jpg


29466592984_693eaf6807_b.jpg


29336181054_b5cd9472bf_b.jpg


29466184984_d40ac6191d_b.jpg


30060049796_1f1ec607a2_b.jpg


29682237136_e0283fbd3a_b.jpg


Thanks for lookin' :D I hope you enjoyed the report...... :thumb I Will Knot ;)
 

Attachments

Choo Choo m8ty

Mr Reality Hacker
Regular User
#4
Nice that m8ty. Great looking place. Could do a few scenes from war films there . Looks good.
 

Will Knot

28DL Regular User
Regular User
#5

caiman

28DL Full Member
28DL Full Member
#6
It appears to have been cleared a lot. It used to be very overgrown. Nice pics, by the way. Did you find the mess hall with the mural?

You do know that you only saw the guards camp? The actual POW area is the other side of the large house.
 

Will Knot

28DL Regular User
Regular User
#7
It appears to have been cleared a lot. It used to be very overgrown. Nice pics, by the way. Did you find the mess hall with the mural?

You do know that you only saw the guards camp? The actual POW area is the other side of the large house.
Yeah, it was pretty clear and being kept that way. Most of the main POW area is 'live' being used for industrial units, vehicles and people were in and out constantly by the looks of it :(
 

Similar threads