Abandoned Finnamore Wood
HMYOI Finnamore Wood was opened in 1961 as a Buckinghamshire open prison for young offenders (18-21 year old males) serving their last 2-3 months before release back into the community. The camp was opened as a satellite camp for Feltham Borstal and later used as an annexe to HM Prison Huntercombe.
Situated in one of the most rural areas of Marlow, Buckinghamshire on the site of the former Evacuation Camp, known as, ‘Finnamore Wood Holiday & Evacuation Camp’. The site was used for housing evacuees of Beal Modern Girls’ School along with refugees during the Second World War and later the site was used again as a holiday camp during the 1950s. When the camp closed in 1996, all inmates were transferred to Huntercombe YOI near Henley on Thames, which is still operational as a prison.
In these images I have contrasted the formal wear of Kate with the abandoned backdrop of the Institute. This gives an example of how a “Rock the Frock” shoot would look, edgy and current.