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

People who were at Barford - Barrie Corkill

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
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Celebration Event - wartime recipes
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2nd Field Regiment Royal Artillery

2nd Field Regiment Royal Artillery consisted of 4 batteries, HQ Bty, LNery Bty, N Eagles Bty &  O The Rocket Troop Bty.  I was stationed here at Barford Camp until 1971 when the Regiment moved to Hemer, Germany.

I was a young Gunner of 17 sent here after my initial training in  Woolwich.  I served with L Bty for 4 years.  Being stationed for here my first posting was an eye opener; especially during the colder months where we had to dig our way out of the barracks as the snow piled up.  As I was the latest recruit I had the bed next to the door which was the furthest away from the coal stove.  Needless to say I froze only having the standard two blankets to keep warm.  One night while I was in town I came back to find a sheep tied to my bed. 


The Gun Park was straight across the road that was near a dangerous bend in the road.  The Regiment had 105mm self-propelled guns known as “Abbots”.  One day the weather was so cold the older soldiers had a fire going in a large steel bin.  They surrounded this fire seated on their collection of wooden boxes.  They told me to piss off.  A Sergeant, seeing this  said to me "If you cannot have the fire then sod them.  Here put these rounds in some cotton wool and throw them in the fire”.  I was stopped short of the fire with my roll of cotton wool.  One of the seated soldiers said “Where you going, get away from the fire”.  I said “I only wanted to put some wool on the fire".  Within a minute the fire exploded in all directions along with the seated soldiers.  I slipped away unnoticed.


On a weekend break from the camp it was time to get back so I set off from Kendal with a large suitcase and walked across Shap into Barnard Castle and up on the moor to Barford Camp.  It was a long journey in the dark and it was the only time I fell asleep walking.  I was knackered when I got there with an hour to spare before parade.


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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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