PoW Camp 150 Cherry Hinton

Cherry Hinton Park is a pleasant modern public space with art works and play equipment. There is no direct or indirect evidence as to the location of the former PoW Camp within the park

Location

West of Cherry Hinton Hall and bonded by; Walpole Road, St Thomas Square and Daws Lane

Cherry Hinton Hall, Cherry Hinton Rd, Cambridge CB1 8DW

Description

Site Visits

May 2019

Materials

DSLR Photos
UK War Office Diary

Cherry Hinton Park is a public place with sculptured grounds and lots of play kit for kits, parks and gardens along with public art and easy access and car parks.
The House itself is now a nursery school.

Whilst there are many information signs within the park giving the history of the place, I did not come across any that detailed the history of the park in WWII or any mention, sign or evidence as to the location of the former PoW Camp.

Subsequent investigation revealed that the PoW Accommodation was located on the Western Side of the park along what is now Walpole Road and ran from approximately St Thomas Square and Daws Lane. Thus, although the images shot show the Hall and the grounds, they do not specifically show the actual site of the Nissen Huts that were used to accommodate the PoWs.


Camera Images of the site of the Cherry Hinton Park and close to the site of former PoW Camp 150 Cherry Hinton


Extracts from UK War Diary from UK National Archives Kew:

WO 166/17823 PoW Camp 150 War Diary June 1945