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Thank you all for your excellent comments votes and awards yesterday. Today I am uploading some images that are from my past, these are photos of Boy's Village in St Athan South Wales, I was about ten and had my first ever holiday here without my family, there were many tears the first night but soon forgotten the next day that was full of fun! Below some info on this place that is now due for development hence going with Geoff Baker on Saturday, we were thrown out by the owner before we could finish our shoot.

Philanthropist David Davies, 1st Baron Davies of Llandinam and president of the Ocean Coal Company was first inspired to build a holiday camp for the sons of miners from the South Wales Coalfield in the early 1920s. Opened on August 8, 1925, the camp offered them an escape from the polluted and unhealthy atmosphere of Valleys industrial towns and a place to play and be free, as well as being close to the nearby beach. Over the years its usage developed to include the teaching of apprenticeships and new skills and a youth hostel was opened on site.

The buildings included a dining hall, dormitories, a gym, swimming pool, workshops, a church and even a war memorial. There was also a full-sized cricket pitch, putting green, tennis courts, football and rugby grounds and a pavilion.

The camp was requisitioned in 1940 for military use but returned to civilian use in 1945. With the nationalisation of the coal industry ownership passed to the National Association of Boys’ Clubs, an organisation that supported working boys from the ages of 10 to 18.

The site declined with the growth of cheap holidays abroad and the decline in coal mining in the Welsh valleys and subsequently closed in 1991

After closure, the site was used for residential Bible courses by various church groups. Sold in 2000 to a new owner, it was stripped of its equipment and rented to a family. When they moved out in 2008 it was taken over by airsoft enthusiasts, graffiti artists and vandals. Various buildings were demolished from 2008 due to extensive fire damage, including the Sir Maynard Jenour building, which was built in the 1980s, the recreation building and a few residential and administrative buildings. The swimming pool roof which collapsed some years after the site's closure was also removed. Much of the debris that littered the remaining buildings was cleared.

In 2010, the owner placed the site on the market. Unprotected by any form of conservation order, the site could be cleared for redevelopment.

In June 2011 the area was secured with gates and fences, as well as large boulders and rubble to deter vehicles from parking near the site.

As of February 2012 there is little security on site, and most of the area is easily accessible.
In popular culture

In 2010 the Welsh post-hardcore band Funeral For A Friend shot the video to their song "Serpents in Solitude" from their EP Young and Defenceless there.

In 2011 the English band Deaf Havana filmed the video to their song "I'm A Bore, Mostly" there. The graffiti featured in this video is genuine.

In 2011 the BBC aired a short film "Boys' Village" starring students of Stagecoach Theatre Arts and Cardiff High School on BBC2 (Wales).[2]

In 2011 The Welsh pop-punk band Save Your Breath shot the video to their song "Nothing Worth Having Comes Easy"

Popular rumours persist about the village being haunted or plagued by a troubled past. To date, no evidence has been found to support these claims.

Brand:NIKON CORPORATION
Camera:Nikon D300S Check out Nikon Nation!
Lens:12.0-24.0 mm f/4.0
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Date Taken:4 May 2013 - 2:13 PM
Focal Length:17mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/4.0
Aperture:f/22.0
Shutter Speed:10sec
Exposure Comp:-1/2
ISO:200
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Title:Boy's Village
Username:achieverswales achieverswales
Uploaded:6 May 2013 - 12:17 AM
Tags:Abandon, Architecture, Big stopper, Boy's Village, Grafiti
Votes:34
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Jocelia
Jocelia e2 Member 3Jocelia vcard Australia1 Constructive Critique Points
6 May 2013 - 12:38 AM

Great captures Trev. Such a shame that it has not been re-developed into something
other than this waste ground….GrinGrinGrin

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Irishkate
Irishkate e2 Member 4Irishkate vcard United Kingdom73 Constructive Critique Points
6 May 2013 - 1:03 AM

What a fantastic place - no wonder it has been used by so many bands for videos.
I love V1 which could be used as an album sleeve if they were needed these days!.
The little church is a lovely shape.
V8 shows all that wonderful space which could be put to great use for artists and all sorts of people.
Why did the owner throw you guys out? All publicity must surely be good if the owner intends developing it.
KateGrinGrinGrin

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debu
debu  4 India
6 May 2013 - 1:06 AM

Lovely set of images.
debu

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geoffrey baker
geoffrey baker e2 Member 10496 forum postsgeoffrey baker vcard Wales1 Constructive Critique Points
6 May 2013 - 1:18 AM

Lovely work Trev, it's a fascinating place that's crying out to be photographed, the owner doesn't realise just what he's got there, he could be charging people to photograph his place until such time as he demolishes the buildings, I can imaging wedding photographers there with the bride and groom in that old church, would make unique wedding photos I reckon.

Geoff.

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taggart
taggart e2 Member 1042 forum poststaggart vcard United States12 Constructive Critique Points
6 May 2013 - 1:50 AM

The church is what grabs my attention--- especially the inside--- All sorts of ideas come, let us hope it becomes a useful and fun place again!

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Hermanus
Hermanus  2 South Africa
6 May 2013 - 4:23 AM

Excellent photos and write up Trev !! Pity that such a place had to go to ruin !!

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AnnChown
AnnChown e2 Member 4183 forum postsAnnChown vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
6 May 2013 - 7:53 AM

This is so interesting Trev and an excellent piece of reportage. I particularly like the inside of the church.
Ann

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CaroleS
CaroleS e2 Member 434 forum postsCaroleS vcard United Kingdom3 Constructive Critique Points
6 May 2013 - 8:23 AM

A very good reportage set Trev. Some artistic people have been visiting too - love all those colours and I like the shot in V8Smile
Carole

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Badgerfred
Badgerfred e2 Member 7Badgerfred vcard Wales
6 May 2013 - 8:24 AM

A super set of images Trev,
Fred.

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digital_boi
6 May 2013 - 8:33 AM

shame you got hoofed off Trevor the place has quite a history a good documentary set and narrative thanks

GrahamGrinGrinGrin

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netta1234
netta1234 e2 Member 2186 forum postsnetta1234 vcard Wales1 Constructive Critique Points
6 May 2013 - 8:40 AM

This is a great set
with a great story but what a shame you had to go before you finished
NettaSmile

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EMJAYCEE
EMJAYCEE e2 Member 5EMJAYCEE vcard England10 Constructive Critique Points
6 May 2013 - 9:00 AM

Excellent set Trev - thought we were on another planet when I saw the thumbnail!
Joan.

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franken
franken e2 Member 123135 forum postsfranken vcard Wales4 Constructive Critique Points
6 May 2013 - 9:07 AM

Excellent set here Trev and an interesting write up.

Ken

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NDODS
NDODS e2 Member 43242 forum postsNDODS vcard United Kingdom103 Constructive Critique Points
6 May 2013 - 10:01 AM

An interesting and clearly well researched and compiled foreword supported with a great documentary set of high quality images, each wonderfully cross referenced making for a better understanding.

Regards Nathan GrinGrinGrin

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Chinga
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6 May 2013 - 1:15 PM

V1 and V8 are my favorites! Very interesting images Trev!
IB

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Lillian
Lillian e2 Member 5Lillian vcard United Kingdom16 Constructive Critique Points
6 May 2013 - 1:35 PM

Great shots and memories for you Trev
and well done on going back, shame about being
thrown out though
Lillian

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handlerstudio
handlerstudio e2 Member 2handlerstudio vcard United States5 Constructive Critique Points
6 May 2013 - 2:37 PM

A fascinating and not very happy story, in the end. A very interesting write up and a terrific set of images. The lack of impetus for preservation is a shame.

Peter

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User_Removed
6 May 2013 - 5:13 PM

A super set of images, and a great write up Trev, thank you.
Regards, Alf.

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barbarahirst
barbarahirst e2 Member 6barbarahirst vcard United Kingdom10 Constructive Critique Points
6 May 2013 - 5:55 PM

torn between V3 & V8....
a really interestingset and write up

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barbarahirst
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6 May 2013 - 6:26 PM

You are featured e2 piccy at the moment.
SmileSmileSmile

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annettep38
annettep38 e2 Member 3186 forum postsannettep38 vcard France32 Constructive Critique Points
6 May 2013 - 8:00 PM

1 , 2 and 5 for me Smile the toning is eerie Smile

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Craggwildlife
Craggwildlife e2 Member 672 forum postsCraggwildlife vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
6 May 2013 - 8:03 PM

A set worth keeping , especially as probably one day it will get demolished or badly vandalised..

David

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leontari
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7 May 2013 - 10:42 AM

Superb set of interesting images Trev.
Effrossini

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zapar40
zapar40  466 forum posts Wales5 Constructive Critique Points
7 May 2013 - 6:02 PM

Nice work Trev,
my neighbor was telling me only last night about this place and how it was used for some bands, and about the lovely graffiti for grunge shots.
if you get thrown out thou, i may give it a miss Smile
ant.

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LexEquine
LexEquine  8 United States19 Constructive Critique Points
7 May 2013 - 7:51 PM

'Superlative Image Set {A++++}' ~ LEx Wink

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