PoW Camp 23 Green Fields

This former PoW Camp and railway and warehouse facility has long gone and has in recent years been replaced by a large sheltered housing unit for the elderly and is surround by modern housing.

Location

Penson Way, Greenfields, Shrewsbury, Shropshire

Site Visits

May 2019

Material

DSLR Photos
UK Foreign Office Inspection Report

Description

This former PoW Camp 23 Green Fields was a surprise, having viewed Google and OS Map and satellite views I had expected to find some form of railway depot and or warehousing. Instead I found a new large building called Withywood a large sheltered housing complex for the elderly that was surrounded by a new build housing estate.

There were no traces as to the presences of the former PoW Camp. One of the residents asked me what I was doing, I explained the project and that I was seeking to photograph the sites of PoW Camps as they are now. The lady confirmed that there was a PoW Camp there but did not give any details.

Another researcher Malcolm Sanders has also looked into the location of this former PoW Site and has sited two location. The Penson Way site i visited and as shown in my images, and what is now Spring Gardens Playground. On balance I would actually say that both locations could be associated with working in the railways depots that used to be at the site I visited; but with the PoW Accommodation i.e the PoW Camp at the Playground.

Given the above a Revisit to this area is required


Camera Images of the site of former PoW Camp 23 Green Fields


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

FO 939/107 PoW Camp 23 Green Fields – English Inspector’s Report
FO 939/107 PoW Camp 23 Green Fields – Exam Certificate