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    Default Abandoned Village, South Wales


    This is Boys Village near St. Athan in the Vale of Glamorgan. I don't know much about, but I know it's been abandoned for a few years now. The Wiki entry on the place is less than useful.

    Having recently returned to the area I thought I'd best pay it a visit with my long time pal and fellow explorer duckandcover.

    Sign on the roadside:


    Village Green, church in the background:


    Buildings:


    Large dining hall:


    Again:


    The cover from a Bible:


    Toilets in some kind of accomodation block:


    Out the back of the diner's kitchen. Possibly chefs residence?


    Again:


    An old vacuum cleaner:


    The village church:


    Inside:


    On the steps to the alter:


    On the floor in the church:


    Also on the floor in the church, bit creepy:


    Peeling paint:


    Swimming Pool, this used to have a roof over it:




    Pool filtration equipment:


    A workshop:


    Gymnasium / Basketball court:


    Equipment:


    Debris:


    In the changing rooms:


    Residential living room:




    This place...


    ...overlooks this place:


    Youth games room. There was all sorts in here including arcade games and pool tables:



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    Thats really trashed compaired to my first visit at the begining of last year, absolutely gutting to to see the dedication plaque has been smashed.

    Boys Village was a holliday camp opened by the social commitee of the Ocean Coal Company to provide a seaside holiday for the sons of their miners financed through donations from the miners pay packets. IT was later taken on by the Boys Clubs organisation which operated youth clubs and sports teams throught the industrialised south wales valleys, The original buildings were opened in the 1930's and there are two later buildings added in the 70's and 80's it finnaly closed in in the early 90's and was used breifly by a church organisation and then an airsoft group but has been abandoned for the past 4 years. Planning permission has been granted on the land for housing developments. but id not be happy living that close to aberthaw powerstation.

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    That's a sweet find, love the church! how far is it from civilisation?

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    Sinnerman, I've seen fairly regular reports of the place on other websites. Spaced out over the last few years, you can really see it just get worse and worse over time.

    I too doubt anyone would live there if they got round to flattening it and building houses, like you say there is a crapload of 250KV pylons coming out of Aberthaw powerstation straight past the place, not great.

    Also I forgot to post any pics of the million and one BBs that litter the site. I assumed that local airsoft enthusiasts had just used it for a while for games, didn't realise it was anything legit though?

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    it looks like a nice explore, thanks for the pictures

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    That place looks ace...i wish i was close enough to visit.
    someones flickr sets..

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    Im in love with your photographs! Beautiful!

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    Nice pics dude

    Could you possibly pm me the location please, id love to have a look. And wierdly I have just driven home from Southerndown past St Athen and Aberthaw power station, looking from the road i thought some places would make great pics but never even thought of there being a place like this.

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    Lovely site, good photos.
    Looks like a grand day out.

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    Just cruisin through but just had to log on to tell ye that they is definately the crispest pics I have seen.S.L.R. or multimegapixl mate?

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    Quote Originally Posted by oldscrote View Post
    Just cruisin through but just had to log on to tell ye that they is definately the crispest pics I have seen.S.L.R. or multimegapixl mate?
    Just me old Nikon D70

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    This place was aazing there was so much to explore and so many things, it was like stepping back in time. The noises of the trains passing on there way to the powerstation added an atmosphere to the whole place, i did want to get up into the church tower but the ladders were missing all the way up so decided against that one

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    Quote Originally Posted by oldscrote View Post
    Just cruisin through but just had to log on to tell ye that they is definately the crispest pics I have seen.S.L.R. or multimegapixl mate?
    My thoughts exactly!

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    Thats a fantastic find, really amazing.

    I wonder if they used to have a kite flying club on the old playing field?

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    Hi,
    I can remember vividly staying at this village. It must have been about 1978 and was used as an activity centre among other things.

    I stayed there for a week with my local boy scout group (pontypridd) when I was maybe 11 or 12 years old.
    The picture of the pool brought back a lot of memories. Mainly of throwing our scout leader in on his birthday.

    Had no idea it was still there. Thought it had been bulldozed.

    Great pics by the way.

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