Cafeteria Camp / Gordon Camp [????-????]

Submitted by David on Wed, 07/06/2016 - 14:46
Current condition
Demolished / No longer exists

Described in the 1950 Military Installations Closed Areas document as:

"Cafeteria Camp, 352095

The military camp situated North of the Castle Peak Road between 18th and 19th mile stones consisting of permanent buildings, Nissen huts and tents. Also the car and plant park South of the road. The areas are bounded by a wire fence."

Photos that show this Place


Later maps show the site named Gordon Camp. Chihawk explains the change of name:

When RE took over Cafeteria Camp it was probably rapidly renamed after General Gordon (Gordon of Khartoum, also known as Chinese Gordon) one of the most revered of all Sappers. I trained as an RE officer at Gordon Barracks, Gillingham and most RE establishments had a building or a road named after him.

Coincidentally, I just walked past Gordon's memorial in London and took the opportunity to snap a picture or two.

Gordon of Khartoum - London monument
Gordon of Khartoum - London monument, by Philk
Gordon of Khartoum  - London monument inscription
Gordon of Khartoum - London monument inscription, by Philk