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    Does anyone have any local knowledge or further information regarding this site - rumour has it that the land may be sold off for houses soon...I have had a wee look around the perimeter and it certainly looks well preserved.

    18.09.2007 - Villagers buy historic WWII prison camp



    Residents of a Scottish village are celebrating after they took possession of a former World War II prisoner of war camp in Perthshire.

    Cultybraggan Camp, once used to hold some of the most notorious Nazi prisoners, has been bought for £350,000 by the Comrie Development Trust following a vote in August 2007 from villagers and members to purchase the site.

    The sale represents the first significant sale of Ministry of Defence property in Scotland to a community body under the provisions of the Land Reform (Scotland) Act.

    "These are very exciting times for Comrie. Owning this land gives us complete control over a very important asset and an opportunity to develop the site in the way the community wants," said Cathy Tilbrook, Chair of the Comrie Development Trust.

    During, and after the war, the camp housed up to 4,000 German prisoners and was once known as 'Nazi 2'. It was one of only two maximum security camps in Britain which held prisoners classified as the most ardent Nazis and troublemakers who would be most difficult to repatriate in the post-war period.

    Rudolph Hess is believed to have been held here for a night en route to England after his plane crash-landed in Scotland.

    Comrie residents will now debate Cultybraggan's future use.



    http://www.geo.ed.ac.uk/scotgaz/feat...first7987.html



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    That's really interesting. That photo is great. Are those huts still there? It looks amazingly well-preserved. Do you have any more photos at all? And can that one be sized so that it can be seen larger?
    Sorry about the barrage of questions, but it's quite unusual to see so much still standing on a former POW site. Would love to see more please. :)
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    oooooooooooooooh Foxy, there's loads of them on the link lol. loads and loads of them. Would love to see more of this place before any changes are made.

    Cheers Bob,

    :) Sal

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    Quote Originally Posted by smileysal View Post
    oooooooooooooooh Foxy, there's loads of them on the link lol. loads and loads of them.
    Ye Gods!!! I must be going blind! I never even noticed the link. Cheers Sal and sorry Bob. Will have a gander at those in a bit.
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    There are also loads of photos on Flickr, and a thread on (ahem) another UE forum about Cultybraggan camp. But what you may not realise is that there's a giant bunker within the camp, that replaced Barnton Quarry as the Scottish government's wartime HQ bunker. The local residents opened it up for the day recently; but although it was only built in the late 1980's it's already decaying as the damp is getting in through the failing tanking.

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    My folks live just down the road so next time I visit I'll have a recce.

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    From today's Press & Journal...

    community trust hopes to create commercial workspace at former prisoner-of-war site near comrie
    £50,000 granted to help transform old Army camp

    By Alison Middleton

    Published: 26/03/2009

    A project to transform a former prisoner-of-war camp in Perthshire was granted £50,000 yesterday.

    Perth and Kinross Council agreed the grant, which will be used to help a community development at Cultybraggan Army Camp near Comrie. Local people formed Comrie Development Trust, a company with charitable status, to buy the former Army camp in 2006.

    The £50,000 funding will go towards creating commercial workspace for local people as part of the development. It will meet costs including water, electricity, and drainage for the initial stage of the project, which is hoped to boost the local economy.

    Members of the enterprise and infrastructure committee approved a request for £50,000 of funding from the trust, to be put towards the cost of business infrastructure.

    Committee vice-convener councillor Ann Gaunt said: “This project has the potential to provide much-needed commercial space in an area which currently has limited development and expansion opportunities for business.

    “These business units cannot go ahead without the provision of basic services infrastructure, and the trust is now seeking funding from various bodies so that work can begin. The trust has been working closely with our economic development team on this plan, and has requested funding of £50,000.

    “This business development would be a long-term asset for the Comrie area, and the income generated from the commercial units would help sustain the trust through the next phase of the project, which will also provide affordable housing on the site.”

    She added: “The council will do all it can to support innovative projects such as these.”
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    Seahorse-
    Cheers for the update. Got a special interest in this camp, since my old man spent many a cold weekend here at TA camps in the 50s!
    Foxy-
    Here's an article I did on the camp for online archaeology-
    http://www.online-archaeology.co.uk/...1/Default.aspx

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    Quote Originally Posted by the_historian View Post
    Foxy-
    Here's an article I did on the camp for online archaeology-
    Cheers for the link, Gordon. :)
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    They look in pretty good shape

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