Panshanger Prisoners' Camp
Sale of huts and materials
By Susan Hall
The following article appeared in the Hertfordshire Mercury on 9 August 1919 on page 4:
“Messrs Norris & Duvall conducted a successful sale on Wednesday at Panshanger Park Prisoners of War Camp, when the building material and equipment of that place was put up for sale by order of the Disposal Board. There was a large attendance of buyers, bidding was brisk, and high prices were realized for some of the lots.
A bathroom was sold for £31, a kitchen and its effects for £26 5s., dry stores were knocked down at £46, a timber built hut containing a stove was secured for £22, and £185 was paid for the officer’s quarters.
Two sleeping huts were disposed of for £150 and £185, a sergeant’s hut fetched £125. Bidding for a medical hut reached £160. A canteen was sold at £80, and quarter-master’s stores at £40.
The acetylene gas plant realized £26. Sixteen sleeping huts were knocked down at prices ranging from £30 to £50 each; £160 was the figure at which the prisoners dining hut was purchased, and an ablution building for £28.
The compound office changed hands at £65.
A Worthington “Ingeco” oil engine was run up to £52, and a similar amount was obtained for the power pump.”
To give you some idea of value, £185 in 1920 was the equivalent to £3,923.85 at 2005 prices.
£22 was £466.62 in 2005.