Urban explorer finds eerie house that held top German prisoners in World War 2

An urban explorer has captured the inside of haunting buildings used by the army during the Second World War.

YouTuber Ste G went on an adventure around the abandoned buildings of Derbyshire which are rich in history, having been used for everything from wire works to holding German prisoners.

It's believed the first stop on his mission was Oakhurst House, which first opened in 1867 as a wire works by Richard Johnson and his nephew.

Posting pictures of his find in Abandoned Places UK, Ste said: "In the middle of the woods was an awesome place once but bad fire damage" and fans could not get enough.

One said: "I've been here a couple of times, including the factories. I searched for info on this place after visiting as I saw it sat there as I was on the main road so I took the car for a climb…"

Another added: "Absolutely stunning place! Would love to have seen it back in its glory days."

"Been there many of times cool spot," a third added.

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Products made in the Johnson factory were once household names and their company lorries carried the slogan, “A wise buyer buys Johnsons wire."

In its prime, the company employed over 500 people and specialised in telegraph wire and suspension cables.

Its wires were used under the English channel during WW2.

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It is believed that since it opened the building has changed purposes a few times and was even used by soldiers themselves during the war.

This comes as no surprise, as a little further away Ste explored a cottage which is known for its use as a prisoner of war site during the Second World War.

In fact, some of the prisoners had tried to escape from their hold in Derbyshire through underground tunnels they had dug themselves.

In December 1940 a group of PoWs calling themselves 'Swanwick Excavations, Inc' – including fighter pilot Franz von Werra – managed to tunnel to freedom, although most were quickly recaptured.

The tale of derring-do was even turned into a film, The One That Got Away, in 1957.

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