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The Hutments

The Vale of York is a broad expanse of low-lying terrain in a position of strategic significance to the north of England. During World War II, many of its conveniently flat rural fields were converted to landing strips and air bases to host an influx of military armament as the European conflict escalated.


Pilots and air crews from allied forces around the world often became temporary residents of Yorkshire as part of ongoing troop movements around the region, and new accommodation was needed to house them. The Hutments, as they are known locally, are a living memory of this time. Situated in central York, this sprawling complex has gone through many incarnations in the years following the war but now lies derelict, waiting for the planning authorities to decide the fate of the site.


This image is a self portrait of myself and a fellow explorer, who had a thoroughly fascinating time carefully treading the crumbling corridors of this small corner of York's history.


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Taken on April 14, 2011