Stainton Camp

Stainton Camp is a military installation at Stainton, County Durham.

Stainton Camp
Stainton, County Durham
A former military building at Stainton Camp which has since been converted for industrial use
Stainton Camp
Location within County Durham
Coordinates54.555°N 1.888°W / 54.555; -1.888
TypeBarracks
Site information
OwnerMinistry of Defence
Operator British Army
Site history
Built1941
In use1941-Present

History

The camp was built in 1941 during the Second World War[1] and served as part of the Battle School[1] before the school moved to Warminster in 1945.[2] Another section of the site was allocated as Blackbeck Prisoner of War Camp during the war.[3] After the war married quarters were built on that part of the site now known as Stainton Grove.[1] The camp went on to be used as a holding facility for units about to deploy on operations and, notably, the Green Howards prepared there for the Suez Crisis.[4] Most of the camp closed in 1972 but parts of it remain in use as a cadet training centre.[5]

Other military installations in the local area were Barford Camp (used as military accommodation into the 1960s[6] but now a motor sports racing track),[7] Deerbolt Camp (used as military accommodation into the 1960s,[8] decommissioned in the early 1970s and now HM Prison Deerbolt),[9] Humbleton Camp (also part of the Battle School during the Second World War,[10] decommissioned in 1960[11] and now a chalet development)[12] Streatlam Camp (used as military accommodation until 1970, when 6 Armoured Brigade returned to Germany,[13] and now demolished) and Westwick Camp (used as military accommodation into the late 1950s,[14] decommissioned in 1960[11] and now demolished).[15]

References

  1. "World War II relics at Stainton Grove Military Camp". Stainton Grove. Retrieved 1 October 2016.
  2. "Round and about" (PDF). Warminster Service Community Official Guide. p. 74. Archived from the original on 9 November 2011. Retrieved 22 November 2014.CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link)
  3. "Prisoner of war camps". The Guardian. Retrieved 1 October 2016.
  4. "Preserving memories of former army camp for future generations". 22 March 2010. Retrieved 1 October 2016.
  5. "Stainton Cadet Training Centre, Barnard Castle". Retrieved 1 October 2016.
  6. "Barnard Castle". National Service. Retrieved 1 October 2016.
  7. "Proposed reclamation of derelict land" (PDF). Durham County Council. Retrieved 1 October 2016.
  8. "15th/19th The King's Royal Hussars". British Army units 1945 on. Archived from the original on 22 March 2016. Retrieved 1 October 2016.CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link)
  9. "Deerbolt Prison". Ministry of Justice. Retrieved 1 October 2016.
  10. "Winston Churchill, D-Day, a Teesdale farm and me..." Teesside Mercury. 31 May 2015. Retrieved 1 October 2016.
  11. "Sites, Barnard Castle (industrial development)". Hansard. 23 March 1961. Retrieved 1 October 2016.
  12. "Long-awaited chalet park to be open all year round". Teesside Mercury. 12 October 2010. Retrieved 1 October 2016.
  13. "British Troops (United Kingdom Accommodation)". Hansard. 5 May 1967. Retrieved 1 October 2016.
  14. "1959 Amalgamation Parade of the King's Own and Border Regiments". King's Own Royal Regiment Museum, Lancaster. Retrieved 1 October 2016.
  15. "West of Staindrop". Bill's walks. Retrieved 1 October 2016.
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