DiCamillo Companion

Mytchett Place

  • House & Family History: Surrounded by a high fence, barbed wire, and patrolled by 150 armed guards, Mytchett Place served as a secret top security prison codenamed Camp Z during World War II. It was here that Rudolf Hess was held prisoner and interrogated by MI6 after he flew from Germany to Scotland in May of 1941 in an attempt to broker an end to the war. After his capture, Hess was initially held in the Tower of London, but was taken to Mytchett to undergo an extended interrogation. Hess, who broke a leg after he attempted suicide by jumping from the top of the house’s staircase, was moved to Maindiff Court Military Hospital in Monmouthshire, where he remained for the rest of the war. After the war’s end Hess was tried at Nuremberg and spent the rest of his life as a prisoner in Spandau Prison in West Berlin. It was there that he committed suicide on August 17, 1987, at the age of 93, by hanging himself with an extension cord. After the war Mytchett Place became the headquarters of Frazer-Nash Research Ltd., a British R&D corporation that specialized in powertrain platforms. Frazer-Nash Research's operations were liquidated in 2018 and, in the summer of 2022, the house was listed for sale for £15 million.

  • House Listed: Not Listed

    Park Listed: Not Listed

  • Current Ownership Type: Unknown

    Primary Current Ownership Use: Unknown

  • House Open to Public: No

    Historic Houses Member: No


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