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

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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Stainton was one of a group of camps built near Barnard Castle where they were out of range of German bombers at the beginning of the war.  They came into range after the fall of Norway.


The land at Stainton Camp became the property of the War Department in November 1941 and remained in military use until the 1970s.

Demolished 2011

The industrial estate that occupies the site of the former Stainton Camp is being rebuilt so we want to make a historical record before it is too late.  We need to find out more about life here during WW2 and in the years up to the 1970s. We would be very glad to be able to get copies of old photos and other memorabilia.  Many thanks to all who have already contributed. 

A section of the tank track (2002)

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During the wartime years the local camps held around 20,000 members of the Royal Armoured Corps.  We have been told that Stainton Camp was also the site of a GHQ Battle School.


The new married quarters which were built after the war were called Stainton Grove. 
In 1980 Stainton Grove became the property of Teesdale District Council.  In 2009 Stainton Grove and the industrial estate became the property of Durham County Council.


The other camps were at Streatlam, Barford, Humbleton and Westwick.  They were located around Broomielaw railway station.  There was another camp on the other side of the Tees at Deerbolt which was in Yorkshire at the time. 


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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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