After making a post about the Weston camp in Crewe I have already started planning some visits of other local sites where POWs were held during and post WW2. I was aware of prisoners working around my local town of Sandbach but there is little information about this online. The best accounts I have sourced are in Mark Tyrrell’s book Embracing the Enemy. Both the Crewe Hall camp 191 and the satellite camp in Warmingham are well documented, I was also aware that there was some other sites around Sandbach but exactly where, I wasn’t sure. A Facebook discussion sparked my interest further when someone mentioned a gift/keepsake (feature image of ship in a bottle) made by the local POW’s who were in Sandbach. The discussion started and some useful local sources speculated that the exact location of the camp was on and around Sandbach Heath park next to the M6 motorway.
The 1945 arial map confirmed that before the development of the many houses in the area there was something on the land which although difficult to decisively say looks like a very small camp, which isn’t there now and the local features have definitely changed shape since then.
After posting the images to confirm something was there, another poster claimed that one of the huts could recently still be viewed at the back the houses that were built many years after the camp stood there. Google earth street view appeared to show a building from the correct time period although not a Nissen hut in the correct location. A relative of the resident who owned the hut resembling a camp building then stated that the building was part of the POW camp in Sandbach heath but it hasn’t been there for some years now. Although there is no longer any traces of the camp we can now decisively say where the location of the Sandbach Heath camp was during and post WW2. It may be common knowledge to an older generation but I can’t find anything about the camp online so thought it would be useful for future reference to document online. If anyone has any more pictures, stories or objects related to the camp in Sandbach then please get in touch. Also, if you know someone who was a child in the area at the time the camp still existed and can help with recording more information about the camp by recollecting their memories then please get in touch.