Looking for 'The Arches' Felden / Polish Radio Intelligence Company

Discussion in 'Top Secret' started by Malcolm56, Jan 29, 2020.

  1. Malcolm56

    Malcolm56 Active Member

    I have had an email about the location of 'Camp 235'.

    From previous messages above - Clive found the location of 'The Arches / Widgeons' with the blue plaque in Streethanger Lane, Felden, NGR TL 0426 0546. This location is a large house. The War Establishment number and rank of the commandant shows that this was a fairly large camp – and this site would not have been large enough for such a camp. I therefore believe that this house may have been used as the HQ / postal address for Camp 235, with the actual pow camp located nearby.

    NEW INFO - Chris Whittle, a volunteer for the Box Moor Trust, has informed me that the camp was actually located at Howe’s Retreat Farm, (also shown on the attached map). The only remains are a large concrete area by the side of one barn, with a chamber below. On Google Earth the site of the chamber can be see to the north of one barn, at present there is an old trailer on top of it. The farm is located at NGR TL 039 050. (
    The Estate - The Box Moor Trust )

    Best wishes - Malcolm
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  2. Capt.Sensible

    Capt.Sensible Well-Known Member


    A quick search on 'Britain from Above' using the NGR TL 039 050 brings up three oblique aerial photos dated July 1949. Photo ref. EAW024923 shows Feldon Lodge in the foreground, with the farmhouse beyond. North-east of the farmhouse is what appears to be two possibly three rows of Nissen huts. The photo appears to be orientated with north to the left-ish, so that the camera is pointing NNE.I haven't downloaded the detailed copy of the photo but somebody might wish to.

    Britain From Above

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  3. Malcolm56

    Malcolm56 Active Member

    Well done CS!

    I can align the 1949 pic with the modern aerial pic and it shows that the location at Howe's Retreat is (was) correct.

    - Malcolm
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