PoW Camp 28 Knighthorpe (Garendon)

During WWII Garendon Hall and Park was used as an Ammunition Depot and PoW Camp

Location

Garendon Park & Estate, Grassholme Drive, Howden Close, Ravensthorpe Drive, Thorpe Acre, Loughborough, Leicestershire

Description

Last Site Visits

March 2020

Materials

DSLR and Drone Photos
UK FO Inspection Reports
UK WO War Diaries
Original Images

Garendon has a complex history during WWII with the army taking over both the Hall and large sections of the Park and Estate. Garendon Hall and the area around the hall was used as the Headquarters unit for Ammunition Supply, control and storage in this part of the county. To the south of the Estate PoW Camp 28 was established just north of a now closed train line. This site has been lost to development with modern housing and trees separated by a fence.

To the north of the Estate PoW Camp 570 was established. This like Camp 28 has been lost, but in this case to a Park and Nature Reserve.

Although I have no evidence for this, I believe that the “Loughborough” PoW was located at Garendon. As part of my research into this site I interviewed the Estate owner Squire Gerard de Lisle who told me that post war the Hall had to be demolished owing to damage by the military.


Camera and Drone Images of the site of the former PoW Camp 28 Knightthorpe (Garendon Park)


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

WO 166/5980 PoW Camp 28 Garendon Park War Diary
WO 166/10297 PoW Camp 28 Garendon Park War Diary
FO 939/122 PoW Camp 28 Knighthorpe Inspection Report Narative
Original Image of Garendon Hall