Visitor Centre, Grizedale, Ambleside, Cumbria, LA22 0QJ
UK FO Inspection Reports
UK WO War Diaries
The Site of the former PoW 1 Grizedale Hall is within modern day Cumbria. PoW Camp 1 Grizedale Hall was opened at the very beginning of WWII and made use of an existing large house. The building was demolished after the war leaving behind just the base of the building.
Where there was Barbed Wire we now have an activities centre with Zip Wires.
The site is now owned by the Forestry Commission and has a Visitor Centre that includes exhibits as to the sites past. The two pages of the visitor report shown along with the Confidential Annex paint an interesting picture in that the British found it difficult to establish the true identity and nationality of some of the PoWs. The 1st page of the report also shows the attitude of the British Camp Commandant in that he is described as a “German Hater”. Likewise the War Diary show the receipt and delivery of very high ranking PoWs
Camera and Drone Images of the site of the possible site of former PoW Camp 1 Grizedale Hall
Extracts from UK Foreign and War Office Documents from UK National Archives Kew:
FO 939/82 PoW Camp 1 Grizedale Inspection Report
WO 166-17820 PoW Camp 1 Grizedale War Diary