WW2 relics at Stainton Grove Military Camp, Barnard Castle, DL12 8UJ, UK

Blackbeck POW Camp

The first occupants
1946 aerial photograph of Stainton and Blackbeck Camps
A post war plan of Stainton Camp
Military Heritage Trail
Stainton Grove - The Military Camp
Barnard Castle - A Military Town
Royal Armoured Corps - From Stainton Grove to El Alamein
Life on the Home Front
Stainton Grove Military Camp - After the War
Gilbert Knott - 1946 Photographs
People who were here - Ray Smith
People who were here - Brian Nimick
People who were here - Walter Cowans and family
People who were here - Mike Rolls and family
First four civilian families 1979
People who were here - Eddie Connelly
People who were here - Martin McKechnie
People who were here - Len Rogers
People who were here - Mrs Deasey
People who were here - Neil Turner
People who were here - Mike Linden
People who were here - Edward George Howard
People who were here - Joan Leslie
People who were here - Josef Dagner
People who were here - Alan Armstrong
People who were here - Fred Burgess
People who were here - Ray Turner
People who were at Barford - Frank Barry
People who were at Barford - George Yalden
People who were at Barford - Barrie Corkill
People who were at Streatlam - George Carpenter and John Smailes
People who were at Streatlam - Terry Rourke-
People who were at Streatlam - Eddie Wolfenden
People who were at Streatlam - Ken Keld
People who were at Streatlam - Tom Waller
People who were at Streatlam - Stan Sudron
People who were in the area - A. Leslie Palmer
People who were in the area - Tomas Morgan
People who were in the area - Nigel Fletcher
Local Memories - Margaret Teward
St. Mary's R.C. School
Tank Tracks
The Gatehouse
Romney / Nissen Huts
More Huts
Even More Huts
Southern Edge
The Green
The Aliwal Cinema
Blackbeck POW Camp
Warcop Camp
Launch Event 3rd November 2007
Celebration Event 1st November 2008
Celebration Event - photos
Celebration Event - wartime recipes
Pride in our Landscape project
Contact Us

Blackbeck POW Camp was known to the International Committee of the Red Cross in 1945 as number 613 - for German Working Companies.

Ray Smith, Sergeant Barham and Corporal Woods were here, click to find out more



link to the Northern Echo

Some former prisoners stayed on after the war; click here to see more about one of them - Joe Dagner

Stainton Camp continued to be used by the army after the end of WW2 and more housing was built on the land to the south and west of the original camp including the site of Blackbeck POW Camp. 

a northerly view of The Oval from Town Pasture Lane (known locally as Gypsy Lane) (2007)

click here to see this on geograph.org


Looking from this section of the tank track the eastern edge of The Oval can be seen through the trees on the far left. The Oval stands on the site of Blackbeck POW Camp.

click here for more about Blackbeck PoW Camp

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In April 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.

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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 in Britain. 

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

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Our heritage 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. 

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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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