The Napoleonic Prison of Norman Cross
There is a new book about Norman Cross by Paul Chamberlain. Norman Cross Prison was the first ever purpose built prisoner of war camp. Its sub-title “The lost town of Huntingdonshire” emphasises its impact on the local community.
Those who have heard Paul’s talks about the prison will have been fascinated by his ability to paint a detailed picture of the lives (and deaths) of those associated with the site. His new book builds on extensive research undertaken over the past decade and provides an authoritative, yet digestible and enjoyable, account of the prison and its inmates. Particularly striking is the scale of the operation and the range of nationalities brought to our area.
Paul will be busy in the coming weeks to promote launch of the book. The Friends of Norman Cross have a book launch on Friday 1st June. Vivacity have organised a lecture on Saturday 19th May at the Peterborough Museum – which of course houses a large collection of artefacts made by the prisoners.