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The camp housed Italian prisoners who originally slept in tents. But in the early 1940s huts were erected by Italian PoWs who stayed there until September 1944 when around 900 German prisoners were transported to the camp.

Among the detainees was German PoW Bert Trautmann, who became a professional footballer for Manchester City after the war. The goalkeeper is famous for playing the full 90 minutes in the 1956 FA Cup final, despite breaking his neck 17 minutes from time.

Set on 17 acres, the camp has 50 homes, a chapel and a theatre by the time its last resident left. It also had its own dentist, an extensive library and a large mess hut.





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