Zbigniew Pawlowicz's photos of WW2 displaced Poles in Foxley camp, Herefordshire, UK
General History
Foxley DP camp history
Foxley Manor
Foxley Manor house
Life in the DP Camp - Entertainment
Foxley DP camp scenes
Education was in English
Religious events
Camp barracks
Living conditions in Foxley camp
Herefordshire countryside
Marriage and children
Bringing up children in a DP camp
Foxley was miles from anywhere
Work and Play
Earning a living
Reunion 26 September 2009
Reunion of Foxley residents

Camp barracks

The barracks were one storey military barracks divided into living accommodation of kitchen, 2 bedrooms, sitting room and toilet. The walls were of large hollow single blocks (often painted by occupants to show the joins - see photos). The ceiling was the roof. The barracks were arranged in lines up the valley running from nearby Mansel Lacy to Yazor.

The photo shows barracks in the background:

Children play by barracks

Each contained a stove with a chimney pipe running up to the roof:

camp stove in each barrack

Occupants often built a porch...

Outside a typical barrack with added porch

...cultivated small garden plots...

Inspecting a camp garden

...supplemented by the odd goat...


...or chickens kept in coops (as in the background here):

Children by a chicken run

Wealthier camp residents saved up for a car...

One of the first cars in the camp

...and many made use of herring barrels after eating the contents!

PLaying with a herring barrel

Tin tubs were used for bathing kids (the tub is on an old ammunition box, the kettle on the stove)

bathtime in a  tub

bath tub on ammunition box

As residents left Foxley, barracks were rented out to other needy people (e.g. Irish families) or simply demolished.

Barrack ruins

Blocks of barracks were connected with covered corridors, often with walls going half way or right up to the corridor roof

Posing by the barrack corridors

Each barrack living unit had a coal bunker by the front door...

Posing by the coal bunker!

...and small gardens between barracks (the Manor is in the background).

Chatting in the garden (Manor in distance)

Details of the barrack construction and layout can be seen in some photos

Prams in front of barracks

Two in a pram - barracks behind

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