Former POW camp on council heritage list

Prisoner of war camp

Former POW camp in Hatfield Heath - Credit: Jim Bradley

A former prisoner of war camp and a monument to a leading spiritualist are some of the entries that make the first draft of the latest Uttlesford Local Heritage List.  

The list contains structures which are locally significant to the character of the area such as buildings, historic signposts, memorials and wartime pillboxes.

It includes the former Italian and German Second World War prisoner of war camp in Mill Lane, Hatfield Heath, which has a guards’ compound, timber and concrete huts for prisoners, dormitories, lavatory blocks, canteens, kitchen and hospital.

Some original features survive, including doors, shower cubicles and graffiti, understood to have been the work of the Italian prisoners.

There is also a prominent water tower at the camp, which survives in good condition.

Historic England surveyed the site in 2003, and described it as being "near complete" which places it in a group of only 17 percent of standard POW camps that survive.

A rectangular block granite memorial to James Findlay at Stansted Hall, Church Road, is also included on the list.

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The inscription reads: "To the memory of James Arthur Findlay historian and psychic philosopher. Beside being active in many phases of life, he devoted much of his time and thought to spread the knowledge of spiritualism throughout the world."

Findlay lived at the hall from 1923 and donated it for use as a spiritualist college following his death in 1964.

Also on the list are signposts in Stebbing and High Roding as well as the Hermitage building in Chapel Hill, Stansted Mountfitchet.

The draft describes it as "a most curious building in Ruskinian Gothic style. Single storey, red brick with a range of windows" as well as having "a single elaborately moulded octagonal chimney pot."

Uttlesford District Council said the list will help to ensure the historic or architectural significance of these assets is preserved and where possible enhanced as part of future development proposals.

The document does not impact permitted development rights in itself but can be viewed as a material planning consideration in applications affecting a property or structure that is listed. 

A consultation on the document will run until February 15 with details at