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Bowmanville's Camp 30

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Dec. 29th, 2012 | 08:37 pm
location: Bowmanville, Ontario, Canada
posted by: mijopo in abandonedplaces

Yesterday and today I spent a bit of time exploring the grounds of what was Camp 30 during World War 2, a prisoner of war camp housing a number of high ranking German POWs during WW2 and the scene of a small skirmish, revolt and escape attempt. The grounds have mostly been used for schools and the like before and after the war and have fallen into disrepair over the last few years as the photos below demonstrate. Some more links about the camp: link 1, link 2, another set of photographs, Wikipedia page. You can see all the pictures I took on photobucket: link.


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Silent Key

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from: radargrrl
date: Dec. 30th, 2012 04:12 pm (UTC)
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Last I saw, the place was to be demolished. I take it this is no longer the case? We paid a visit there about four years ago.

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Nothin' matters and what if it did?

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from: mijopo
date: Dec. 31st, 2012 04:28 am (UTC)
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Yeah, I understand there are efforts under way to have it declared an historical site and even try to restore the buildings, although they're in very rough shape.

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The Silver Wolf of Darkness

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from: silvolf
date: Dec. 30th, 2012 04:34 pm (UTC)
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I always enjoy seeing abandoned places with snow!

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iddewes

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from: iddewes
date: Dec. 30th, 2012 05:22 pm (UTC)
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ooh those horrible toilets...

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Nothin' matters and what if it did?

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from: mijopo
date: Dec. 31st, 2012 04:29 am (UTC)
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Thanks!

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Peppermint Gown

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from: skeletonking
date: Dec. 31st, 2012 10:27 am (UTC)
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Stunning!

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loli_cat

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from: loli_cat
date: Dec. 31st, 2012 01:12 pm (UTC)
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Indoor gym & swimming pool? Had to google this. Found out this was a POW camp for elite officers & was run like a 4-star resort. Missing from these photos & maybe torn down is the concert hall and theater. It seems strange though...if the aim was to get the prisoners "as far away from the war as possible" why didn't they have the camp in the MIDDLE of Canada, like Winnipeg or something?? Hmmm...

The architectural style of the buildings reminds me of the psychiatric hospital at Whitby.

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Nothin' matters and what if it did?

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from: mijopo
date: Dec. 31st, 2012 02:37 pm (UTC)
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The place wasn't designed as a POW camp but as a school/home for delinquent youth. Reports I read indicated that the officers there did eat better than ordinary citizens in the area were eating at the time.

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