PoW Camp 13 The Hayes

The Hayes Conference Centre is associated with former PoW Camp No 5, 13, 58, 179, 297. The site has been cleared except for a marker commemorating an escape tunnel


The Hayes, Conference Centre, Swanwick, Alfreton, Derbyshire DE55 1AU


Last Site Visit

February 2020


DSLR and Drone Photos
Archival materials from the Hayes
UK War Office Diary

This former PoW was sited with a large Victorian Building and adjacent wooden hostel used by the church and registered as “The First Conference Estates Ltd”. This site was used by the military in both the 1st and 2nd world wars.

Today the Hayes remains a Church Conference centre operated by the Christian Conference Trust (CCT).

I 1st visited this site in August 2019 and was told that they had maintained an extensive collection of material along with a small number of objects made by the PoWs. I was also informed by the staff at the conference centre that there had been a number of return visited by former PoW, also that the site had the remains of an escape Tunnel dug and used by a number of PoWs to escape.

Following an invitation, I return to the Hayes in February 2020 and given access to and allowed to photograph some of the information and documents that they had kept regarding the sites history as a PoW Camp. This includes such mundane items as the military rental agreements and correspondence through to the receipt for biscuits for the Officers Mess (Guard Force).

One of the letters was intriguing in discussing the loss of some chairs; the escape tunnel which is still in the grounds was built and reinforced using chair legs

Camera and Drone Images of the site of the former PoW Camp 13 The Hayes

Original Photos, articles, reports and receipts held by the Hayes as well as material from UK National Archives:

Red Cross Report
PoW Release Document
Press Cuttings
Photos of; Original Photos, Visit and Items Made by the PoW
Military Correspondence