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Somerset Historic Environment Record

16573

Site Name: Second World War prisoner of war camp, Haswell Park, Goathurst
Civil Parish: Goathurst
Grid Ref: ST 259 338 (ST 23 SE)
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As far as we are aware this site is no longer visible. Please assume that this site is private property and do not visit without permission. [Information last updated on 05 December 2003]

Details:

'POW Camp 44, Halswell House, Goathurst Camp near Bridgwater' {1}

The huts and boundary fence are clearly visible on 1946 RAF aerial photos but the site has been completely cleared. {2}

A World War II prisoner of war camp has been recorded on aerial photographs taken in 1947. The camp is situated in the grounds of Halswell House, by Goathurst and is believed to have held German prisoners of war. The camp comprises what appears to be the main compund with a cluster of huts surrounded by a high fence with a tower at the entrance on the north side. To the east of this is another compound which contains two large rectangular structures, of unknown function. Outside, and to the north of, the main compound is another cluster of buildings which is only partially enclosed. The camp has been completely removed. It was centred at ST 2587 3375 and covered an area measuring 300m by 290m. {3}

References:

1 Mention - Hawkins, M Somerset at War (1996), 209
2 Verbal communication - Chris Webster, Somerset County Council (5/12/2003)
3 Data transfer - National Monuments Record (English Heritage). Record ID: ST 23 SE 93 (4/12/2002)
4 Aerial photographs - RAF CPE/UK/1944 4423-5. (23/1/1947) Location: National Monuments Record, Swindon
5 Aerial photographs - RAF CPE/UK/1944 2034-5. (23/1/1947) Location: National Monuments Record, Swindon

Record created on 05 December 2003

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