Frandon Fields / Gracelands Park, Farandon Road, Market Harbough, Leicestershire
DSLR and Drone Photos
UK FO Inspection Reports
The original English Heritage information gave the site as Farndon Fields, thus; when I visited this site and took several photos of what is now Farndon Fields Farm shop. I took several photographs outside the farm shop then on seeing the shop manager I obtained permission to take some photos inside the actual shop. On leaving the shop and taking some more photos I meet gentleman in an Land rover parked up at the stores delivery entrance. He may have been the shops / sites actual owner. He told me that during WWII the site occupied by the Farndon Fields farm Shop was still an open field. He also went on to tell me that the site was in the next lot and that the Army effectively took a slice out of the existing fields.
I was told that the PoW Camp occupied what is now the site of several Prefab houses to one site and an industrial estate. He also told me that there was a spoil heap of sorts that contained many discarded bottles located on what is now a buildings site and new housing estate where a friend of mine happens to live. This gentleman also told me that until recently there was a Nissen Hut on the site – I assume that he meant a part of the industrial estate.
It is interesting that the bulk of what was the PoW Camp is now a Mobile / PreFab Homes Park. This is one of the more common usages of such sites post war in that following the removal of Nissen Huts, the hut bases were reused for 1st Caravans then PreFabs
Camera and Drone Images of the site of the former PoW Camp 49 Farandon and the nearby Farndon Fields
Extracts from UK Foreign Office Inspection Report from UK National Archives Kew:
FO 939/131 PoW Camp 49 Inspection Report Narative