Mains of Crichie Farm, Stuartfield, Aberdeen
DSLR and Drone Photos
UK Foreign Office Inspection Report
I arrived at this site quite early and sort help at the cottage / farmhouse on the main road. The lady I meet got me permission to take my photographs as well as advised a number of works I would be around taking images. Ongoing to the actual site I meet some workman who appeared to be working on a secretive wood cutting business that was making use of a number of surviving PreFab huts within the remains of the PoW Site. These people told me that at one time the camp had been much bigger a fact that I was aware of and that the remaining PreFab were the remains of a support area and or where the guard force and other facilities were based and pointed me to the field that is entered via one of the roads amongst the Prefabs. Again, it was something I was aware of in that you could see the roadway but not only that you could also the remains of a large water tower.
However, of far more interest was what I found after going through the gate in where two large stone pillars one on each side of the road. Initially I took these pillars as having been part of some sort of stately home or park but with no evidence of such and that they line up equally with the road I can only conclude that they were actually part of the camp.To the left as you go further into the camp just past the pillars there is a large bowl to the left that I took to be a large cattle water tube, until that is I noticed the same on he opposite side although that one had a tree growing out of it. The arrangement of the bowls and pillars and the camp being occupied by Italian PoWs and having visited a number of similar sites I can say with some degree of confidence that the two bowls and pillars each side of the road built as part of the camp will have been built by Italian PoWs as part of an ornamental garden.
Further inspection of the field shows a number of foundations, bases and outlines that indicate where other huts such as Nissen or modern prefabs were sited. The hut bases and layout was confirmed when I used my Drone to take photos of the field as well as the surviving huts etc.. All in a all a very interesting site with from a research prospective the most important features being the PoW Garden Pillars and remains of Fountains.
Camera and Drone Images of the site of former PoW Camp 110 Stuartfield
Extracts from UK Foreign Office Inspection Report from UK National Archives Kew:
FO 1120/183 PoW Camp List 20Feb47 – Inc Camp 110