Accommodating prisoners of war: a survey of the Weston Hostel

Wild, C 2022, 'Accommodating prisoners of war: a survey of the Weston Hostel' , Industrial Archaeology Review, 44 (2) , pp. 149-157.

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Prisoner-of-war camps were one of the most numerous types of military sites to be established in Britain during the Second World War and yet are one of the least studied. Most comprised a series of temporary huts that were erected from prefabricated components, and whilst some were put to new uses following the war most have now been cleared. The former Weston Hostel near Crewe in Cheshire is one such camp that appears to have originally comprised 35 huts of which 23 survived to varying degrees in 2019, when the site was subject to an archaeological survey prior to its clearance in advance of a housing development. All of the huts were either Curved Asbestos or Nissen Bow types, and were recorded using the latest survey technologies, providing a valuable archive for future research into this diminishing monument type.

Item Type: Article
Schools: Schools > School of Humanities, Languages & Social Sciences
Journal or Publication Title: Industrial Archaeology Review
Publisher: Association for Industrial Archaeology
ISSN: 0309-0728
Depositing User: USIR Admin
Date Deposited: 01 Dec 2022 09:36
Last Modified: 01 Dec 2022 09:45

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