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Watten, Camp 165

Prisoner Of War Camp (20th Century)

Site Name Watten, Camp 165

Classification Prisoner Of War Camp (20th Century)

Canmore ID 202517

Site Number ND25SW 78

NGR ND 2385 5450

NGR Description Centred ND 2385 5450

Datum OSGB36 - NGR


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Administrative Areas

  • Council Highland
  • Parish Watten
  • Former Region Highland
  • Former District Caithness
  • Former County Caithness

Archaeology Notes

ND25SW 78 centred 2385 5450

A prisoner-of-war camp has been identified from post-war RAF vertical air photographs (106G/Scot/UK 70, 4050-1, flown 9 May 1946) at Watten village on the S side of the main road, immediately NW of the junction of the A882 and the B 870. Clearly visible is the double line of fencing surrounding the prison compound with the rows of Nissen huts inside and the huts for staff and guards ranged outside.

The site has since been cleared and is now occupied by modern housing in streets comprising Bain Place and Achingale Place, with a playing field approximately on the site of the football pitch within the camp.

Information from RCAHMS (DE), November 2001.


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