St Athans – Abandoned village

October 19, 2009

Whilst researching about abandoned villages, I’ve been so fascinated in this subject!

Each abandonedment has has it’s own unique story and reason behind it.

This site is called St Athans Boys Village:

St Athans - site

Here are some images from the site, these are not mine – I haven’t had chance to visit it yet.. so these images are just a taster!


Boys Village is a village in the Vale of Glamorgan, Wales.

Boys Village, St. Athan opened in 1930 as a summer camp for naughty little boys from mining communities in the South Wales Valleys. It offered them a place to play and be free, as well as being close to the nearby beach. Over the ages its usage developed (but not necessarily changed) to be used as a camp for youths and apprenticeships etc as well.

Now derelict, demolition work commenced late 2008. Since then several buildings have been removed or cleared including the fire-damaged 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 many years after the site’s closure has also been removed from site. Much of the debris that littered the remaining buildings has been cleared, partially by looters and partially by the demolition services.”


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