PoW Camp 585 Searchlight Site

This former PoW Site is now a Housing Estate and Playing Field next to Drax Power Station with a small nature reserve screening the view of Drax. There are surviving Buildings and PreFab hut bases and Concrete Paths and Drains on the playing field part of the site.

Location

Playing Field and Barlow Village Hall, Park Lane, Barlow, Yorkshire

Site Visits

August 2019

Material

DSLR and Drone Photos

Description

On walking the site, it rapidly became obvious that the Playing Field was part of a former military site with two brick huts intact and in use as a Barlow Village Club and Barlow Village Hall. There are surviving hut bases close to the huts as well as what appears to be the original entrance road. The back of the playing field has several government type concrete fence posts in the hedgerow and there are bases and traces throughout the playing field. In fact, in a lot of places the grass on the playing is but patchy turf onto of concrete hardstanding and or rubble.

Peter Wood a WWII researcher in an email exchange about the site said that the playing field area was the Depot side of the PoW Camp with the Accommodation area having been built on my modern housing. However, whilst most of the houses close to the field are new there are a few older houses. The new houses extend across the road from the playing field with Skylark Centre and Nature Reserve on one side of field which also serves to screen the village from views of Drax Power Station as can be seen from the photos.


Camera Images of the site of former PoW Camp 585 Searchlight Site