How to find the Prisoner of War Camp: Lodge Moor Sheffield
Lodge Moor Sheffield
Right on the outskirts this part of my steel city Lodge Moor Sheffield, is admittedly an area I am not too familiar with. For instance on the drive out there (which thanks to Google maps took us the longest fucking way possible) the houses started to get bigger, with more gates, electric gates and balconies. Now I’m aware that those of you who live in sunnier climates balconies aren’t a sign of wealth. But for us northerners it’s not a common attribute in houses.
Situated on the very Western tip Lodge Moor, Sheffield is right on the border of the beauty that is the Peak District. On your journey out there you will notice the change in surroundings from built up suburban areas, too large houses, and ever rolling moors. It really is a beautiful part of South Yorkshire. Quiet, with little traffic, a couple of country style local pubs and fresh air!
Now I’ve lived in Sheffield all of my life, and more recently have really tried to explore my local city more. Do walks I wouldn’t usually do, and really research everything it has to offer. And honestly I cannot believe that I never knew we had a Prisoner of War Camp! Not only that but it was the LARGEST in Britain! And at one stage it held over 1000 prisoners! I really feel that is something I learnt in History at school…. But there you go.
Now not only did I discover that Sheffield housed the largest Prisoner of War camp but that the remains are still there today. So you can go and have a look at where it once was. The camp itself has been destroyed but you can still see the remains of the buildings as you walk through Redmires Camp Plantation. And what blows my mind even more is if you didn’t know what you were looking at you honestly would have no idea! There are no signs, no information, it’s just there for you to stumble upon when on your walk.
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How do I get there?
Right so you get that Lodge Moor Sheffield, is pretty, posh and peaceful, with a fairly undiscovered secret. But how you need to know how the bloomin’ eck to get there!
If you are getting public transport to Lodge Moor Sheffield then the buses 51 and 52 are what you need to catch, and they are roughly every 5 minutes from Sheffields’ city centre. And as you go past the University of Sheffield these services are pretty regular. I’d say the max you’ll be waiting is 10 minutes.
Do be aware that these bus lines get SO busy especially at Peak Times. Therefore if you are someone who can’t stand for an extended amount of time or if crowded places make you feel anxious/ claustrophobic/ have panic attacks etc. This is something you should be aware of.
Once you get on the bus you will need to go all the way to the terminus in Lodge Moor. Now I understand when your going somewhere unfamiliar especially on public transport, and you start to go into the arse end of nowhere that mind of yours can be a bit of a dick and try to convince you that you are lost, going the wrong way and even missed your stop (even though it’s the terminus). It’s not you are fine I promise, you are simply just seeing why Sheffield is known as the Greenest City in Europe!
If you are driving, simply type into google maps Redmires Plantation Camp. This will bring you right through Lodge Moor, along Redmires Road and straight to the camp, regardless of where you are in Sheffield this drive (depending on Traffic) should take you no longer than half an hour. Unless yours is as much of a dick as mine and what should’ve been 10 minutes ended up being over 25 because it took you the ‘scenic route’.
Ignore when google maps tries to just dump you on the road, as you’re coming up there will be a car park on your left. Park there!
So when we pulled up to where Google Maps insisted Lodge Moor Sheffields, Prisoner of War Camp was. There were walled woods to our left a row of houses and then just fields…..
So we guessed the remains were behind the wall but how the fuck do we get behind the wall?! As I can tell you right now, I aint climbing. So we put google maps on to walk to it and we get a little down the wall when it announces
‘Destination is on your right’
I think fucking not lovely. There’s still a wall and no entrance.
So me being me saw a man jet washing his drive just where we had ‘arrived at our destination’. So I loudly ask
‘Excuse me…. Excuse me…. Excuse me’ When he finally hears I ask him where the prisoner of war camp is and he literally points to the wall and says, ‘There it is’
So I ask ‘how do you get in it?’
And he very kindly explains that a couple minutes walk down the road past the lovely Three Merry Lads pub you’ll find a large car park on your right. It’s just through there!
Brilliant so off we trot!
And there you have it! Walk into the car park (you’re forgiven for being confused, as it is also the car park for a local football team) go to the woods on your left and you have arrived!!!
The Prisoner of War Camp
As you enter the woods there is simply a sign saying ‘Redmires Camp Plantation’. You can take one of two paths. The left goes straight up and into the woods. Or the right path leads you directly to the remains. You literally walk a matter of feet and will begin to see them.
And honestly that’s it for directions. It is such a eerily peaceful place to explore. For our entire time there we didn’t see anybody else. There are long, thin rectangle building bases than at the head of these are steps leading up to smaller square bases. We were so shocked as to how compact they were.
Walking through and seeing remains of what we can only presume are old towers, sinks, bathrooms, all covered in moss. We couldn’t believe that this wasn’t something we knew about earlier. It was truly fascinating. Seeing the layouts, figuring out what might have been what. Learning about my local history. At one point I just stopped to catch my breath. As you can sometimes forget that these remains were once someone’s reality. My nan and Grandad both fought in the second world war and yet never mentioned Lodge Moor Sheffield Prisoner of War camp to me.
The one thing that did make me feel a lil uneasy was how many ‘dens’ we saw built. Not just one or two, but dozens of them scattered all over the site. It kind of added to the eeriness of the entire camp. They were very simple, triangle structures made of sticks. But there are a lot of them.
There you have it
And there you have it lovelies. A truly hidden local historical gem on the outskirts of my wonderful home town Sheffield, UK. This undiscovered camp is now one of my favourite places in Sheffield and I highly recommend you go visit it.
Just remember to be respectful
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