PoW Camp 1001 Crookham Common

This the site of a former PoW Camp and is located ath eend of the Runway of the Former RAF Greenham Common. This site contains a Nissen Hut and other evidance of the former PoW Camp

Location

Crookham Common Road, Crookham Common, Thatcham,
Newbury, Berkshire

Description

Site Visits

March 2019

Material

DSLR Photos
UK Foreign Office Inspection Report

This site has turned out to be one of the best sites to visit in terms of seeing the evolution of a landscape and neglect and nature fighting back.
This site is located literally at the end of the main runway of the former RAF Greenham Common. It is accessed via a small track that passes through woodland that leads to a white farm type gate painted white with a small red letterbox.

On entry to the site which is made up of a large scrub land field it can be observed as being divided into three effective area: Fenced off compound, a single Nissen Hut and what appears to be a brick built pigsty sitting on a Nissen Hut Base. The rest of the field which appears to have been used as a casual tip. The Nissen hut sits on its own although here are traces and bases of other huts within the field.
The Nissen hut has been modified with additional windows added to one end but the door is missing and the hut along with the rest of the site appears to have been abandoned. There is a children’s plays houses, an old above ground swimming pool, car trailer and ladder amongst the items in and around the Nissen Hut. In short, the site appears to have been liven in and used as a small holding which has since been abandoned.

The site having been abandoned, nature in the form of grass, scrub, bracken etc… is grown over the various items around the site and is slowly softening the appearance.


Camera Images of the site of former PoW Camp 1001 Crookham Common


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

FO 1120/183 PoW Camp List 20Feb47 – inc Camp 1001