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MUIRCOCKHALL During WW2, a mines training centre was constructed in Townhill woodland to accommodate men conscripted to help the war effort by going down the pit. These men were known as The Bevin Boys. The remains of the centre are very much evident today, albeit in a dilapidated state. These buildings, reminiscent of the Russian Gulags, have seen many uses since the war. They have been an equestrian centre, a home for abused greyhounds and also accommodation for travelling folk. I found myself spending more time round Muircockhall, examining the detritus around the buildings and feeling the weirdness of such a structure at the heart of a country park. Coincidentally, my own grandmother, Mary McGoldrick, worked as a canteen supervisor at the centre from 1942-45.

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