Primary Documents

This project has involved a lot of research and assistance from others.

I started with a report published by English Heritage in 2003 by Rodger J C Thomas:

Prisoner of War Camps (1939-1948) Report

Within my own research I took the above document and discovered that it had a number of errors and omission and greatly expanded on it and produced an equivalent document that details my site visit as well as providing links to the images I shot. As of July 2020 this document is now at Issue 5.10. A copy is provided below, however, it is to be noted that for various reasons the actually coordinate data has been omitted ta this time.

PoW Camp Details by M J Richards

UK National Archive

Thought the course of this project I have made repeated visits to the UK National Archives in Kew. The Archive is in itself a former PoW Site, in this case Camp 144 Russell Avenue.

The Ruskin Avenue former PoW Site has been one of the big surprises in that it is now the home to the UK National Archives

During my various visits to the archive I made photographic copies of Inspection Reports and War Diaries. These may be viewed in parts within this website itself. In addition the entire documents as copied by myself can be found on my personal website using the like below:

Reference Information Held at systonimages


In locating the various sites I produced a Google Map that shows the location of ALL the sites I have discovered thus far. This Google Map differs from those shown elsewhere on this site as it includes locations that I visited and did not locate a camp AND sites that I have yet to visit. This map needs to be viewed with a degree of caution in that in the a lot of cases the Hostels and Camp may be identified just by a Village or Town Name. This map should thus be used in conjunction with the PoW Camp Details document

Books, Articles and Essays

Atkinson T and B. Missing Buildings. Hwaet Books. 2016

Barthes Roland. Camera Lucida, Vintage Book London. 2000

Barthes Roland. Camera Lucida, Fortanna Press London, 1990 Sixth Impression

Choi-Fitzpatrick  A. Drones for Good: Technological Innovations, Social Movements, And the State. Journal of International Affairs , FALL/WINTER 2014, Vol. 68, No. 1, Breaking

Draper K L . Building for War: Examples of Temporary Structures Designed For Wartime Use In Britain (1939 – 1945). Paper Submitted on the 5th International Congress on Construction History

Finn C. Defiant Britain. Archaeology. Archaeological Institute of America. Vol 53, No 3 (May/June 2000), pp 42-49

Gates T and Deegan A. Managing Archaeological Landscapes in Northumberland [Chapter Title: Monuments in the

Kippin J. Cold War Pastoral – Greenham Common. Design Reline Books. London. 2001

Landscape: The Aerial Photographic Resource]. Oxbow Books. 2009

Moshenska G. The Archaeology of the 2nd World War – Uncovering Britain’s Wartime Heritage, Academia, 2012

Muir R. Landscape: a wasted legacy. Discipline of Geography, Environmental and Life Sciences, University College of Ripon and York St John. 20 January 1998.

Renes J.  Landscape Biographies [Chapter Title: Layered Landscapes A Problematic Theme in Historic Landscape Research].  Amsterdam University Press.  2015

Sugden J. Drone Photography – Art and Technique. Crowood Press. Wiltshire. 2020

Thomas Rodger JC. Prisoner of War Camps (1939-1948) Report. English Heritage. 2003

Thomas Rodger JC. Civil Defence from the First World War to the Cold War. Historic England. 2016

Tilley C and Cameron-Daum K. Anthropology of Landscape – The Extraordinary in the Ordinary. UCL Press. 2017

Internet and Other Material

28 Days Latter Urban Exploration
28 Days Latter Urban Exploration
Academia platform for academics to share research papers
Air Crash Sites UK
Airfield Research Group
Airfield Research Group
Alex Gregory: POW Camp 200, Llanover ParkBilly Eastern <>
Archaeological Data Service – University of York
Britain From Above
British Journal of Photography –
Buckinghamshire County Council
Canmore. Historic Environment Scotland
Canmore. Historic Environment Scotland
Church Crookham Allotments
Coflein: online database for the National Monuments Record of Wales (NMRW)
Coflein: online database for the National Monuments Record of Wales (NMRW)
Comrie Development Trust Camp 21 Comrie: POWs and Post-War Stories from Cultybraggan Location of Planed Photography Exhibition Contacts: Lynn  and Jock McInnes
CPAT Regional Historic Environment Record
Devon Live News Site
Eden Camp Preserved WWII PoW Camp 83
English Heritage
English Heritage via Ancestor gateway:
Google Earth Pro 
Google Maps 
Halstead History
Helensburgh Heritage Website
JSTOR<<Access via Falmouth University >>
Kent On-Line
Knutsford Guardian Readers help Joan Leach to solve mystery of Knutsford Army hospital. 17Sep09
Leicester Mercury Newspaper   01Nov19
Leicester Mercury Newspaper   27Nov19
Leicester Mercury Newspaper  03Nov17
Leicester Mercury Newspaper  11Ma18
Leicestershire At War
Liverpool Echo
Marc Wilson: The Last Stand 2010-2014                          A Wounded Landscape 2015-2020
Mersey Forest 
Mishka Henner   – Google “Satellite Collage”
New York Times Mishka Henner 28Aug15
Nick Veasey – X-Ray Photography
Norfolk Heritage Explorer:
Northwick Park Website – The Italian Chapel
Ordnance Survey On-Line Mapping 
Past Neots website
Pegasus Archive
Pete Woods WWII Researcher and author Please note that Peter has been research the location of the PoW Camps far long than my
Poetry of Place: Rooted in the English Landscape Photos by Paul Hill
PoW Camps Details Compiled Information from This Project of PoW Camps and Camp Visits made by Martin Richards Issue 5.10
Press Reader – Ghosts of the county Forgotten Past Press Article on this project
Project Spire Website
Radio Marconi Site – German Prisoners of War in Britain
Repatriated Landscapes THE Published Website for this work
Royal Photographic
Scriven PoWs–files/examples/Pow%20Camp.pdf
Shropshire History – Shropshire Prisoner of War Camps
Syston Images – Personal Photo Image
Syston Images Critical Research Journal on this project
Tarporley Racecourse
Tewkesbury Museum Website
The Forces Postal History Service – Newsletter 229 Autumn 1996—228/journal-229o.pdf
Twentieth Century Military Sites: Second World War and later Camps and Ranges Interim Report 2014-15. Prepared by Dyfed Archaeological Trust for CADW March 2015
UK Imperial War Museum Lambeth LondonLibrary and image access
UK MoDSite access and information
UK National Archives Kew  Prisoners of war in British hands Site of PoW Camp 144 Russel Avenue
UK National Archives Kew – Prisoners of war in British hands
Wales online
Warwickshire County Council
Wikipedia – List of World War II prisoner-of-war camps in the United Kingdom
WWII Talk PoW Camps Other primary researchers Malcolm Sanders Peter Wood