Leeds Pals, PoWs and the Home Front: Nidderdale AONB and the First World War

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Project Details


The project will focus on the impact of the war on the landscape and communities of Nidderdale and the story of the Leeds Pals, who were trained in the area. Run by the Nidderdale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and funded by the HLF (£99.5k) to recover the history and lives of the Leeds Pals. Central to the project were four years of excavation at Breary Banks camp led by Jonathan Finch and the University of York

Key findings

The huts and camp facilities used by the Leeds Pals were excavated and material culture relating to everyday life in the camp was recovered. Artefacts were also recovered from when the camp was used as a PoW camp. The project links the FWW phase of the camp to its origins as a navvy camp.
Short titleLeeds Pals
Effective start/end date22/03/1330/07/16