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  1. Had a look at this place while in the area back in March. The cars where the main attraction for me and they did not disappoint. Excellent examples of cars left to rust and rot until they finally fall in on themselves. The rest of the site consists of stripped huts with some being more interesting and less bear than others. A relaxed and pleasant half hour. Visited with non member Paul. HISTORY Known as Prisoner of war camp 116 was built in 1941 and located in Hatfield heath, just outside Bishops Stortford. The camp mainly housed Italians until about 1943-1944 where it held German and Austrian prisoners aswell. It was known at one point the camp housed 750 prisoners The prisoners had a relatively easy lifestyle here (Unlike the English prisoners in the German POW Camps) and could do voluntary work in the near by farm land in Harlow, they were picked up by the Land Girls and each prisoner had an allotted farm where they would work at. Thanks For Looking More pics on my Flickr page - https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/albums/72157678466406434/with/32853941973/
  2. 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. Camp 116 (Mill Lane Camp, Hatfield Heath) conforms to the so-called ‘Standard’ layout. Seeing as this was only my 2nd time of going out I wasn't too impressed. The gates were locked and there was barbed wire fencing sections off - Would prob have been better at night and with someone with more experience.
  3. Well, after seeing other reports about this place I decided to take a trip there to have a look myself. Early start this morning and it was a bit fresh... especially on a m/bike at 0600hrs! I can't find a great deal of history about the place and I don't like to just "copy & paste" someone else's hard work, so I'll try and put together what I can find out. The camp at Hatfield was originally commissioned to house Italian POW's c.1941 and there were two other smaller camps at Matching Tye and Bishop's Stortford. The camp at Hatfield Heath accommodated approximately 750 Italian POW's who, because they posed no risk as Nazi's, were collected by transport daily and taken to various areas of farmland to assist with agricultural work. By 1943, however, this had changed and the camp now housed German and Austrian POW's. Like their Italian predecessors, the POW's were also taken out of the camp each day to 'earn their keep' by working the local farmland. This must have been a welcome break for all the inmates who more than likely found POW life quite monotonous. The conditions in the camps within the British Isles were in total contrast to what 'our lads' were enduring while incarcerated elsewhere in Europe and the rest of the world. On a lighter note, while I was looking for information about this site I stumbled across a very interesting quote from an American Government Issue pamphlet on how to behave when in mixed company with British citizens (I can provide the link for this particular source if anyone would like it). The area around Hatfield and in particular, Bishop's Stortford, saw a huge influx of American GI's in the latter years of the war and they were pretty much conditioned on how to behave whilst guests in our 'foreign land'... here it is: Care should be taken on swearing in mixed company, the word ‘bloody’ being one of their worst swear words. Don’t call their money ‘funny money’. They sweat hard for it (earning much lower wages than Americans). Don’t mock pounds, shillings and pence. American soldier’s pay is the highest in the world. Don’t brag about the fact to the British ‘Tommy’. Don’t be misled by the British tendency to be soft-spoken and polite. If they they need to be, they can be plenty tough. The English language didn’t spread across the oceans and over the mountains and jungles and swamps of the world because these people were panty-waists. Sound advice... the Yanks were always quite wary of the Tommy's and still are to this day! Anyway, here are a few of the shots I managed to get from today's visit... I apologise for the 'full-on mono assault' but I am a bit of a sucker for mono and considering the type of site this is, I felt it fitting to have them in black and white. Enjoy! I think this is the main mess hall for the British troops stationed here to look after the POW's. This looks like a serving counter. POW116_8 by andyf30501, on Flickr Tower block. This was empty except for a couple of large diameter pipes and valves and the upper stories are inaccessible due to the ladders being blocked. Another time maybe, the view from the roof must be worth checking out! POW116_16 by andyf30501, on Flickr The valve, mentioned above (tower block). POW116_18 by andyf30501, on Flickr A shot of the main concourse. POW116_23 by andyf30501, on Flickr Farm machinery inside one of the old Nissan type huts. POW116_2 by andyf30501, on Flickr Even grafitti artists prefer good grammar! POW116_11 by andyf30501, on Flickr More machinery... POW116_21 by andyf30501, on Flickr Solitary resident. POW116_4 by andyf30501, on Flickr Plenty of doorways. POW116_19 by andyf30501, on Flickr A badly decomposed Hillman... I think it'll 'buff out'...! POW116_25 by andyf30501, on Flickr This is my first post on this site so I hope everything goes ok with it. Thanks for looking and again, apologies for the 'mono-overload'... I just can't stop myself! If there are any more 'Essex-Urbexers' who fancy exploring local sites (and ones further afield), please, feel free to get in touch! Keep safe, y'all... U*N
  4. Christmas has been a bit quiet for me splore wise and I was clucking for a couple of hours out. So it was a quick visit to a couple of local splores __________________________________ 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 Camp 116 (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.
  5. Hatfield Heath POW Camp - 116 Prisoner of War Camp 116 was set up in 1941 to house Italian prisoners of war. However from 1943 it mainly held German & Austrian Pow's.