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Wood Lane Camp (resettlement camp)

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In 1945/46 after the Second World War people from Italy moved to Sheffield and went into a resettlement camp called ‘Wood Lane Camp’ in Sheffield.

Some records have this camp as being in Wadsley 

Can anyone shine a light on Wood Lane Resettlement Camp and can we have as much info as possible please? It’s for someone researching their fathers movements 

What do we know about this mystery place?

 

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Edmund

from: SYMPATHY, ANTIPATHY, HOSTILITY. BRITISH ATTITUDES TO NON-REPATRIABLE POLES AND UKRAINIANS AFTER THE SECOND WORLD WAR AND TO THE HUNGARIAN REFUGEES OF 1956
by JANINE HANSON Submitted for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy at The University of Sheffield, Department of History June 1995

full document here: http://etheses.whiterose.ac.uk/14465/2/364384Vol2.pdf

In Sheffield it was, at first, feared that the greatest obstacle to the employment of Poles in local industry would be an accommodation shortage. Approximately 200 Poles were in residence at the temporary Wood Lane Resettlement Camp at Wadsley when it was due for closure in February 1948. An appeal was issued in the local press appealing for lodgings for the Polish workers. 34 Poles in the area were instrumental in providing a partial solution to this problem themselves, setting up their own organization to deal with it. One of the problems they faced was prejudice against them by many landladies. There was concern that the Poles should be encouraged to mix socially with locals and improve their English, which was not often the case when Poles lived together in groups.

Stannington more than Wadsley?

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Snozzle

Looks like the camp was built on what is now Marchwood Road, just above Shooter's Grove School. The houses shown on Stanwood Road would be the prefabs demolished in the early 70's.

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