PoW Camp 170 Weelsby

The former PoW Camp 170 Weelsby is now a park and woods around 2km from the beaches at Cleethorpes and the docks at Grimsby. Whilst there is nothing left of the sites military usage during WWII there is a monument, and several signs details the history of the Polish Carpathian Lancers who fought on behalf of Britain in WWII. Following the end of the war and Soviet takeover of Poland many troops were accommodated at sites like Weelsby with some 250,000 former troops and families eventually settling in the west


Weelsby Woods Park, Weelsby Road, Grimsby, Lincolnshire, DN32 8PW


Site Visits

October 2020


DSLR and Drone Photos

The site of former PoW Camp 170 Weelsby is rich and complex one.

It was created as a training camp for UK / Allied troops for the 1st World War and was used as the same in the 2nd World War. Following on from D-Day the camp became a PoW Site only latter to become the home of the Polish Carpathian Lancers who fought on behalf of Britain. Following Poland becoming effectively a Soviet Satellite State many of the Polish troops opted to stay in the west with Weelsby becoming one of the resettlement camps.

Today the site is one of public park and planted woods. with a children’s playground close to the main road and car park and a pleasant slightly uphill walk through an avenue of trees.

No evidence of the site as a PoW Camp was found during my visit (note; the Grimsby Live website shows the outline of the camp buildings as crop marks, these were not evident during my visit as it needs very dry ground before such marks may be visible). However, the park contains memorials and information boards as to the history of the Polish Troops. Again, whilst none of the military building remain it is interesting to note that this camp was by any means a very odd shape and looking at the image on the Research notes by Malcolm Sanders and those in the Grimsby Live Website, tt is evident that the shape of site has been preserved and that a number of the trees especially the small circle of pine trees have survived from this war time site.

As a final note the entrance to the park is “Guarded” by two lions and is reminiscent of the lions on the gates to former PoW Camp 105 Wooler Camp.

Camera and Drone Images of the site of former PoW Camp 170 Weelsby