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

Pride in our Landscape project

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
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Northern Echo 27 February 2010





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The self-guided walk, taking visitors past the panels, had no seating provision.  The two benches sited on the route will allow walkers to rest and enjoy the landscape in this part of Teesdale. 


The other benches and the three picnic tables are in response to an expressed need by residents for other seating areas.

The bench near the school bus stop on The Green overlooks part of the site of the original hutted camp.
The third panel is on The Avenue.

The fifth panel brings us back to the community centre and in sight of the first panel.  Some visitors have their lunch here where they have a good view of the remaining WW2 buildings.



This is the first panel on the Military Heritage Trail and is near to the mini roundabout at the entrance to the industrial estate.  


A raised bed planted with shrubs has been installed around three sides of each panel with the fourth side paved to allow for improved access. 


The second panel is near the A688.
The fourth panel is alongside the tank track.


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Another bench is at the junction of The Avenue and The Oval on the route of the town bus.



Three picnic tables were installed in the three areas of the play park.



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There is a general feeling that the heritage interpretation project has already brought the community closer together and has put Stainton Grove, often overshadowed by other historical sites in Barnard Castle, on the map. 



The Community Association were keen to continue this success and momentum with the landscaping project.



This project will improve people's perceptions and appreciation of the area and help make the community more proud of the place they live and give Stainton Grove more of an identity. 



It also links closely with the council's regeneration strategy for the area.

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The Pride in our Landscape project has been funded through the Community Spaces programme. The Community Spaces grants programme is being managed by Groundwork UK as an Award Partner to the Big Lottery Fund. Community Spaces is part of the Big Lottery Fund’s Changing Spaces initiative. 

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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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