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

People who were at Streatlam - Tom Waller

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

New 3

In late 1967 the 6th Inf. Brigade re located from the York Barracks in Munster  W/Germany back to the UK as part of very far reaching defence cuts back then when the UK was holding out the begging bowl for IMF funds.  

I remember going on a tank driving course to take AV 432 signal command vehicles back to Barnard Castle.   We sailed by Ferry to Hull and then I commanded an AV432 through the small B roads to the area but can not remember the name of the camp.  It was a few miles out of town and on a hilly grassy site with a former house of some importance in years gone past on our right hand side as you looked from the main road which once had it's own tree lined driveway.   The barracks were wooden and we were 16 or more to a room and that is about all I remember.  We did not say with the tanks as they were picked up and taken from us when we arrived in town.

Sadly I do not remember the name of the camp, but I do wonder if anything remains to this day.   All the Royal Signals people were housed there for a bit until we were re assigned or re trained.  

I remember well the NAFFI introduced a great many of us to the delights of Newcastle Brown Ale, which back then with an ABV of over 6% was nicknamed 'Lunatic Soup''.  I remember well our trips into town and how friendly the locals were when we got there.

Kind regards,

Tom Waller then Signalman Waller 24038861

Horizontal Divider 4

The camp was Streatlam Camp to the west of Streatlam Castle.  The only signs of the camp now are the concrete tank tracks and roadways.  The castle was sold in 1922, gutted in 1927 and the shell was blown up in1959 as part of a Territorial Army exercise. (webmaster)

Horizontal Divider 4

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. 

Horizontal Divider 4



Horizontal Divider 4

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.


Horizontal Divider 4


click to go to warlinks