PoW Hostel 79 Wellingore Hall

Wellingore Hall was the former RAF Wellingore Officers Mess and was latter used as a PoW Hostel for Camp 79 Moorby


Wellingore Hall, Hall Street, Wellingore, Lincoln, Lincolnshire, LN5 0HX


Site Visits

Martch 2020


DSLR and Drone Photos
UK FO Inspection Reports

During the late 1930s as the second world war looked increasingly likely the Royal Air Force expanded massively. Lots of airfields were built all across the East Coast of England especially in Lincolnshire and Norfolk. These bases were not built to the same quality and standards of the large pre-war bases such as RAF Waddington. Instead these bases were made of initially grass runways and multiple dispersed accommodation and technical sites constructed using prefab and simple standard buildings. In addition, to the temporary buildings Hotels and stately homes were often commandeered and used for things such as an Officers Mess. This is what happened to Wellingore Hall in that it because the Officers Mess for nearby RAF Wellingore.

As the war wound down and following the cessation of hostilities a number of these sites were utilised as PoW Camps. In 1948 Wellingore Hall became a Hostel or Sub-Camp for PoW Camp 79 Moorby and was used to house German PoWs.

Today the hall is now the home to about 10 small companies

Camera and Drone Images of the site of the former PoW Hostel 79 Wellingore Hall

Extracts from UK Foreign Office Inspection Report from UK National Archives Kew:

FO 939-159 PoW Camp 79 Moorby inc English Inspector’s Report listing Wellingore Hall