"In all my experience I have never known a place so vital to morale as Talbot House."
General Sir Herbert Plumer - 1928
"The dressing-room ambitiously was turned into the "General''s Bedroom", on account of a bed with one real sheet."
Tubby - 1919
"The smallest room of the House (6 feet by 4) held just one bed. But this bed, however, was beyond compare: throughout the war we had one pair of sheets that belonged to it by right (though one sheet must be in the wash)."
Tubby - 1938
"And beyond that again, at the far end of the garden, is the two-storey shed, whence was retrieved in 1915 the worn Carpenter's Bench which, from the opening day, has been the altar of Talbot House."
Barclay Baron - 1935
Talbot House was founded in Poperinge in 1915. During World War I, this small city was used as a garrison town for the British soldiers and very soon it became a thriving metropole. Each day, thousands of soldiers passed through Poperinge when going to and returning from the front. Thanks to its casual and relaxed atmosphere the city became well known amongst the young men. Because of the numerous bars, restaurants, concert halls, brothels, movie theatres and shops, the exhausted soldiers often believed to have arrived in Paris.
It was in these circumstances that the 6th division of the British army rented the residence of the Coevoet family, which was rebuilt into a club house open to all soldiers by chaplain Philip "Tubby" Clayton. For many, this place became their home away from home. "An oasis of serenity in a world gone mad", is probably the best way to describe The Old House.
Just like thousands of soldiers and pilgrims did, you too can spend the night in Talbot House. Because of its authentic historical atmosphere and unique location near to the market place of Poperinge, the Old House beats all other "historical overnight stays".
Any other accommodation might well be situated near a historical monument or provide a great view onto one, but staying in Talbot House means becoming a part of it. Is there a better way to relive the past?
TALBOT HOUSE EVERY MAN'S CLUB, POPERINGE, BELGIUM - COPYRIGHT 2016