Quiet Womans Row

Argus Mystery Pics

A recent aquisition of library stock negatives, found at auction, has brought much head scratching to the Quiet Womans Row team. Covered in mud and dust, the images, when cleaned, proved to be far more than the desription given by the vendor as "mostly people, some in uniform" The obviously foreign uniform and German Hats sugested POW status, yet many appered more than happy to be recorded on film showing their ID patches of diamond and circles stitched to their trousers.Only one picture howed a hint of location. Skaters on a frozen river framed by the castleated stone work of an ancient Railway Viaduct, high above the water level was the clue.
Thanks to the SOUTH WALES ARGUS and feature writer MIKE BUCKINGHAM , the mystery has been solved. The Argus who ran the story has brought about a plethora of response. Mrs Chris Coles of east Newport took little time to recognise the venue as Knaresborough in Yorkshire. Mrs Coles who once worked and lived in the area, remembered the freezing of the river and the viaduct which carries the Leeds to York Railway line. The prisoners she says are Italian, many of whom desperately wanted to stay , live and work in Britain. We have yet to identify the location of the building and would love to hear from any of those on the photographs. More hopefully to come on this subject. Our Thank to all at the South Wales Argus and to Mrs Coles for contacting us

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