PoW Camp 256 Willingham

The site of former PoW Camp 256 Wilinghouse has retained a number of original buildings, one of the original EWS (Emergency Water Supply) Ponds along with several newer multiple occupancy large builds the site today is a small industrial estate. The largest presence on the site as it exists today are a Lincolnshire Highways Depot, a Chocolate Manufactures and other light industry


Willingham Hall, Market Rasen, Lincolnshire, LN8 3RH


Site Visits

October 2020


DSLR and Drone Photos
UK Foreign Office Inspection Report

This former PoW Site is hidden from the main road as it is located within Willingham Woods a couple of miles to the East of Market Rasen and within a short distance of the Race Course and Golf Club.

The site today is that of a small industrial estate containing a local authority roads depot and various businesses the largest of which appears to be Special Edition Chocolate.

Whilst the site contains a number of modern buildings with no signs of old Nissen or Maycrete Huts or bases as would have been present there is able other evidence of the sites history as a former military site is evident in the reuse of several former standardised large brick buildings, the presence of an EWS (Emergency Water Supply), Lamp Posts etc… However, the most noteworthy item that caught my own attention was an old Ministry of Works sign on a building that may have been either a part of a Weighbridge or guard room?

The Ministry of Public Buildings and Works does not accept liability for loss of, or from, or damage to vehicles left in this car park

For information – the Ministry of Works was formed during the war and it was renamed in 1962 to: Ministry of Public Building and Works. This means that this site remained under government ownership / control well into the 1960s

Camera and Drone Images of the site of former PoW Camp 256 Wilinghouse

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

FO 939-312 PoW Camp 2567 Willingham – Camp and English Inspection Reports