PoW Camp 74 Racecourse

Racecourse Camp is now a cleared field with factory between it and the main Tarporley Road


(Old) Buffer Depot, Nantwich Road A51, Tarporley, Cheshire. CW6 0EF


Site Visits

December 2019


DSLR & Drone Photos
UK FO Inspection Reports

The site of former PoW Camp 74 Racecourse is to be found just to the west of Tarporley in Cheshire and was visited in January 2020. The site had several hostels associated with it and  prior to its closer became a Satellite Camp of PoW Camp 180 Marbury Hall Camp.

On my initial visit to this area to find this camp I used the 2003 English Heritage PoW Report and photographed a field full of cows! Further research and help from others I was able to locate the actual site which lies in a large field to the rear of Jackson Steel frame Buildings.

This site is somewhat odd in that the camp itself was set back from the road by several hundred meters and all evidence has now gone. Post war and following the removal of the PoW Camp the Depot area between the camp and the road was developed by the military into some form of logistics deport.

Evidence of the former Depot is given by an old Brown Military Road Sign opposite the entrance as “Buffer Depot”. As you enter the site there is the remains of an old brick power box, but the biggest give away to the sites past are two large Emergency Water Supply (EWS) Ponds. As with many of these sites where I found the inspection reports they make interesting if unsurprising reading with a report dated January 1947 that stated that moral was low due to the slow rate of repatriation. This report also goes on to Conclude that the Camp has been Neglected.

Camera and Drone Images of the site of the former PoW Camp 74 Racecourse

Extracts from UK Foreign Office Inspection Report from UK National Archives Kew:

FO 939/154 PoW Camp 74 Racecourse Inspection Report