Visited with one non member
Hidden away in a country lane is this little gem full to the brim with personal treasures and memories.
I spent hours looking through stuff and reading old letters from the 1920's onwards
Some of the letters were so sad i shed a tear
Hi guys, a bit of a rare appearance from me into the Military Section, but I'm told that you don't bite
POW CAMP 116 - MILL LANE - HATFIELD HEATH
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
(Mill Lane Camp, Hatfield Heath) conforms to the so-called ‘Standard’ layout, with the guards’
compound consisting of MoWP huts, while the living huts are all timber Laing huts.
In one of the outside barns was a Massey Harris combine harvester
And a few old classics (I'll sneak these in and see if they get past the "All Seeing Eye"
Crete Road Reservoir was Constructed in 1866, completed late July Its sole purpose was to supply water to the Silver Spring Soft Drinks Factory, Visited with Space Invader
On with some pics
And now for a bit of self indulgednce
And one from "Up Top"
Also Visited The Hills pipeline tunnel whilst we were there, Some pics from this also
Space Invader kind of got featured in this one
Thanks for taking the time to check out my pics
Visited this place a few months ago but did not descend into the 2 chambers as I was by myself, felt a little braver this morning so went back for another look. Unfortunately I did not take my box brownie this time as I forgot to pick it up when I left, the pics below are from my first visit but only show the entrance tunnel and a few shots down into it. Went in this time, what a great little place, no chav damage and in really good nick. It was originally built to supply water to the Silversprings factory.
Tunnel leading in
Looking back at entrance
Across the top of the 2 chambers
One of the 3 vents above