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Prisoner Of War Camp 53

Hob Uid: 1319257
Location :
North Yorkshire
Selby
Hambleton
Grid Ref : SE5735929739
Summary : The site of a Second World War prisoner of war camp at Hambleton, known as Camp 53. This was a purpose-built, standard type camp. Common buildings and facilities at standard type camps included water towers, offices, officer's mess, a canteen, guard rooms, barrack huts, ablution blocks, cell blocks, a camp reception station (medical facility/hospital), a cookhouse, dining rooms, recreation rooms and living huts or tents. Camp 53 functioned as a German work camp where prisoners were sent out to work as labourers on local farms. It could have been in use up until 1948. The site is currently occupied by a mushroom farm.
More information : At SE 5734297, on the west side of Selby golf course, was the site of Sandbeds Camp, No. 53 prisoner of war camp from the 1939-1945 war. The camp was seen on vertical air photographs taken while still occupied in 1947, with some prisoners still awaiting repatriation. The site is now occupied by Gateforth farm. It is not know if any of the original buildings survive. Compare this with the similar sized army camp (SE 52 NE 24) on the east side of Selby golf course. (1)

The site of a Second World War prisoner of war camp at Hambleton (SE 5735 2970), known as Camp 53. This was a purpose-built, standard type camp. Common buildings and facilities at standard type camps included water towers, offices, officer's mess, a canteen, guard rooms, barrack huts, ablution blocks, cell blocks, a camp reception station (medical facility/hospital), a cookhouse, dining rooms, recreation rooms and living huts or tents. Camp 53 functioned as a German work camp. It would have been in use between 1939 and 1948. The site is currently occupied by a mushroom farm. (2)

Sources :
Source Number : 1
Source : Vertical aerial photograph reference number
Source details : RAF CPE/UK 2072 1338
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Source Number : 2
Source : Prisoner of War Camps (1939-1948) 20th Century Military Recording Project
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Page(s) : 26
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Monument Types:
Monument Period Name : Mid 20th Century
Display Date : Closed circa 1948
Monument End Date : 1948
Monument Start Date : 1945
Monument Type : Prisoner Of War Camp
Evidence : Documentary Evidence
Monument Period Name : Second World War
Display Date : 1939-1945
Monument End Date : 1945
Monument Start Date : 1939
Monument Type : Prisoner Of War Camp
Evidence : Extant Building, Documentary Evidence

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Related Records from other datasets:
External Cross Reference Source : National Monuments Record Number
External Cross Reference Number : SE 52 NE 23
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Related Warden Records :
Related Activities :
Associated Activities : RCHME: VALE OF YORK NMP
Activity type : AERIAL PHOTOGRAPH INTERPRETATION
Start Date : 1998-01-06
End Date : 2000-12-31
Associated Activities : LANDSCAPES OF WAR RECORDING PROJECT
Activity type : MEASURED SURVEY
Start Date : 2008-01-01
End Date : 2009-12-31