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This leaflet was produced, probably in the 1950s, for F Gardner’s grocery store in Welford. During the Second World War, people from countries including Poland, Czechoslovakia and Estonia were driven from their homes and travelled very far to find a safe place to live. After the war, there were many Polish families living in the area in the Sulby resettlement camp, which was then located between Welford, Sibbertoft and Husbands Bosworth.

During the war many Polish men joined the British Armed Forces and did not return to Poland. There were around 200,000 Polish people in Britain after the war and these camps were designed as temporary housing for them.

Most of the camps contained large Nissen huts made of semi-circular corrugated iron panels with brick work visible in the front entrance porch. These were desperately cold and were only heated by large black-leaded coal or wood-fuelled cooking stoves and paraffin heaters. Even so, communities prospered, children went to school and local jobs were found. Vegetables were grown to supplement the post war diet.

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