The Anzio Camp is situated near Leek in Staffordshire. The camp was first used by the US Army in 1943, to house troops. In 1945/6 the camp was taken over by Polish troops. After the war it was used as a civilian settlement by the Poles until 1963/4 when they were moved to a purpose built site half a mile north of the camp I cannot find much information on what the camp was used for between 1963 and the early 80’s. In 1980 the MOD took over the site and it was used as a training camp for Regular and Territorial army troops and also scouts and cadets. The camp closed in 2004 as it was deemed surplus to requirements by the MOD I was surprised at the amount of damage since our last visit in early 2007, this place has been heavly vandalised.
Gateshead borough Asylum was designed to the Compact arrow plan by GT Hine and was completed in 1913. It was the last Asylum Hine saw comleted in his lifetime. Almost as soon as the asylum was opened, it was requisitioned by the military for the duartion of World War I. Following the end of its war duties the site was returned to Gateshead who addded a nurse’s home in 1927-8 and modified the isolation hospital to form a sanatorium for tuberculosis patients. Further pressure on the County Durham mental hospital led to a union with the neighbouring county boroughs of West Hartlepool and South Shields during the 1930’s. The joint funding and demand for further space provided impetus for major additions to the Stannington site which would be completed in 1939. Built in plain red brick with slate rooves, the new units provided ten further pairs of staff cottages, two additional blocks flanking the main building, male and female detached working chronic blocks and a large admission and treatment hospital with convalescent villas at the north of the site.