PoW Camp 195 Merevale Hall

The pathway to the former site of PoW Camp 195 remains as reminder to the past. It leads to a small woodland within the Merevale Estate located on the site of the former camp


Entrance at Roundabout between A5 and B4116 Merevale Lane, Merevale Hall, Atherstone, Warwickshire CV9 2HG


Site Visits

June 2019


DSLR and Drone Photos

This site of former PoW Camp 195 Merevale Hall is located just off the A5 on the outskirts of Atherstone with what appears to be the former main entrance on the A5 / B4116 roundabout and behind a barricaded gate and large wall. As such the site is not accessible from this entrance. Behind the gate the remains of a concrete roadway can be seen that leads directly south from the gate to a small woodland position where English Heritage suggest that the actual camp is located.

I took several images from the gateway on the traffic island as well as a gateway further along the B4116 of the gateways, concrete pathway and the woods. I also took a small number of images of the pathway, surrounding fields and woods. I next drove to Abbey Farm a short distance from the former camp entrance in order to seek further details of the landowners and to obtain permission to enter the site. The farm owners informed me that the site was located within the Merevale Estate and that I needed to contact them during normal business hours to get permission to go into the woods and take images over and above the ones already taken.

In looking at the published research on WW2 P.O.W. Camps in the UK by Malcolm Sanders I have discovered that this camp is far larger than I thought. It actually runs from the entrance to the woods and then a lot further into the woods. As such with the exception of the entrance and a few bits along the access road that it has been removed and replaced by the trees.

Camera and Drone Images of the site of former PoW Camp 195 Merevale Hall