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Low Harperley (Harperley Hall)

Harperley P.O.W Camp looking West. January 2001
Harperley P.O.W Camp looking West. January 2001

Harperley P.O.W Camp. Interior of the Theatre.  January 2001
Harperley P.O.W Camp. Interior of the Theatre. January 2001

Low Harperley P.O.W Camp.Mess Hall, plywood and paint curtain.  January 2001
Low Harperley P.O.W Camp.Mess Hall, plywood and paint curtain. January 2001

Low Harperley P.O.W Camp. Mess Hall Wall Painting of Shepherd.  January 2001
Low Harperley P.O.W Camp. Mess Hall Wall Painting of Shepherd. January 2001

Low Harperley P.O.W Camp. Mess Hall, wall painting of a Stag.  January 2001
Low Harperley P.O.W Camp. Mess Hall, wall painting of a Stag. January 2001

Low Harperley P.O.W Camp. View looking South.  January 2001
Low Harperley P.O.W Camp. View looking South. January 2001

Low Harperley from the air. NMR. June 1999
Low Harperley from the air. NMR. June 1999

Low Harperley prisoner of war camp. Built during WWII by Italian P.O.Ws in the early 1940's and used to house German pilots and soldiers during the allied invasion of Europe. The owner of the site who died in early 1999 did not take up Government grant offers following the war to return the site to farmland or forestery. Instead the site was used for storage. The site reputedly covers an area of some seven hectare and includes barrack huts, a chapel and theatre, some of which include wall paintings by German prisoners.

Reference number:D4727
Historical period: Second World War (1939 to 1945)
Legal status:Scheduled Monument
  • National Heritage List for England Entry Number: 1020730
Event(s):Harperley POW Camp, Craigside,

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