Does anyone have any information about the location and life at the Polish Camp situated just outside Bristol near the towns of Pill and Easton-in-Gordano in Somerset? I have come up against a brick wall in my research, and so any information about the camp, especially around 1947, would be a great help.
From what I've discovered so far, the Camp was not a family PRC camp (like Stowell Park, for instance), but a all male workers hostel. I tried finding any records for it as a National Assistance Board hostel, but drew a blank. It may be the case that the Hostel was not exclusively for demobbed Polish Corps veterans, but housed many nationalities, as well as technically homeless British labourers. The Hostel may well have been owned by a fruit import/export company called "Messrs. Intrades (Avonmouth)", which is the lead I am following up now. As for location, I've been in touch with the Crockerne Pill historical society, who tell me there was a camp in a former Anti-Aircraft Battery on the Martcombe Road, Easton-in-Gordano (A369)near the Rudgeleigh public house. I don't think this is the one I'm interested in. The other possibility is a decoy oil terminal camp (built in an attempt to disorientate Luftwaffe crews from bombing Avonmouth)which was on Marsh Lane, (now industrialised and part of Royal Portbury Dock development c.1960's). Concrete paths and old hard-standings for Nissen Huts still exist today, but are part of a static caravan park.