1942 and May 1944 the War Department purchased more land between Stainton Camp and the Darlington and Barnard Castle railway
line which ran south of the camp. Black Beck runs on the far side of the railway line. Blackbeck POW Camp was built here only
a field away from the railway line.
In 1946 there were 800 camps for 380,000 PoWs in the UK. Many of that number had been returned from Canada and
the USA. The camps were closed down in 1948 and by June of that year there were some 2,790 PoWs remaining
The camp can be seen on the RAF aerial photograph of 1946 but
not on the 1945 photograph.
click here to see the 1946 photograph
is who we are today; we are the only ones who can protect it.
The Memories of Stainton Grove Military Camp Project was one of a number of community-led projects along and
nearby the route of the proposed South West Durham Heritage Corridor.
The South West Durham Heritage Corridor will be a multi-user route along the former Bishop Auckland to Barnard Castle railway line.
The Memories of Stainton Grove Military Camp Project is being led by Stainton Grove Community Association and coordinated
by Groundwork West Durham and Darlington. It is funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund through the 'Your Heritage' grant programme.
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