Prisoner of War Camps: WW2

Each Prisoner of War camp in Britain was allocated an official number during WW2, ranging from Camp 1 (Grizedale Hall, Ambleside) through to Camp 1026 (Raynes Park, Wimbledon). Based on data from English Heritage, the camps located in the North East were:

18   Featherstone Park Camp, Haltwhistle
36   Walworth Castle, Darlington
69   Darras Hall, Ponetland
93a   Oaklands Emergency Hospital, Bishop Auckland
93   Harperley Camp, Crook
105   Brewery Road, Wooler
139   Wolviston Hall, Wolviston, Billingham
139b   Coxhoe Hall Camp, County Durham
291   Kitty Brewster Farm, Blyth
605   West Boldon Camp, Down Hill Quarry, Sunderland
613   Blackbeck Camp, Stainton
635   Lord Mayor's Camp, Amble
667   Byrness, Redshale; Otterburn
699   Tyne J Camp, Gosforth
 Nun's Moor Park; Newcastle


"It is frequently not appreciated that the majority of PoW camps remained active in their original role until 1948. After this date many were removed for a variety of reasons, chief of which were post-war reconstruction and the reclamation of agricultural land. However, a large number of these sites, particularly the purpose built ones, were handed over to the administration of a number of county agricultural committees who ran them as hostels for farm workers. Many of these farm workers were the very same men who had been held in them as prisoners, but who elected to remain in Britain rather than be repatriated. These hostels often continued to function as such well into the late 1960s and early 1970s." (English Heritage, 2003)

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Prisoner of War Camps (1939 – 1948) - English Heritage
- Detailed PDF report of Britains PoW camps in WW2. Prisoner of War Camps (1939 – 1948) Project Report by Roger JC Thomas, English Heritage 2003 "During the early part of the ...

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Churchill's Unexpected Guests: Prisoners of War in Britain in World War II
- Book by Sophie Jackson, The History Press, 2013. "During World War II over 400,000 Germans and Italians were held in prison camps in Britain. These men played a vital ...

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Featherstonehaugh Prisoner of War Camp

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Coxhoe Hall (c1725 - 1956)
- In c1725 John Burdon built Coxhoe Hall in a castellated gothic style, replacing a much earlier medieval manor house. The hall was situated in Coxhoe Woods, near Coxhoe. The poet ...
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Coxhoe Hall
- "...It was set high on a south facing hillside adjacent to the site of Coxhoe medieval village. A tree-lined avenue led to the Hall and it was surrounded by grounds ...

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Tyne and Wear HER(7682): High Spen, POW camp
- "This camp was located on Rogues Lane between the drift mine and sewage site. It was known as "Squatter's Camp". No trace remains."

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Prisoner of War Camp, Nuns Moor Park
- The camp was demolished in 1959.
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Whitsome's Old Village Hall

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Low Hulam

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Harperley Prisoner of War Camp
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Harperley Prisoner of War Camp
- Overview About the Camp POW Camp 93 Harperley POW Camp 93 is a surviving purpose-built World War II Prisoner of War (PoW) camp built to accommodate up to 1,400 inmates ...
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Wooler Prisoner of War Camp (Camp 105)
- Wooler P.O.W. camp was located on Brewery Lane in Wooler, Northumberland - designated Camp 105. The camp had 4 main lines of huts, designed to accomodate about 600 prisoners. In addition ...


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