West of Ypres, is the quaint village of Poperinge, famed for hops. It’s also known for a more sombre reason – death cells where British soldiers were confined, before being tried before a court martial. If found guilty of a greater crime, such as treason, desertion or murder, they would be executed. Two of the original four tiny, dark rooms have been restored, with information and photographs about the men shot. The Execution pole in the courtyard of the town hall is original and is where the men would be shot at dawn.


Guido Gezellestraat 1
8970 Poperinge



+32 57 34 66 76

Accessibility information

The courtyard with execution pole is accessible independently. The death cells are accessible with assistance and extra effort because of a door of 78 cm wide and the limited circulation space in the cells.

Local map

Below you will find an interactive map.

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