Ors Forest House

Special place where British poet Wilfred Owen wrote his last letter to his mother before being killed on Nov. 4 1918.

When the lord Mayor of Ors realized that more and more visitors were looking for Owen's grave and asking where he had been killed exactly and if they
could see the cellar of the Forest House where he had written his last letter to his mother, he started wondering about Wilfred Owen.


Little by little the different sites of the village of Ors became places of pilgrimage and commemoration of the 1st World War for visitors from all over the world, especially from the Commonwealth.

The territory decided to call on a contemporary artist, Simon Patterson, to turn the Forest House into a real exhibition project which would recall the last days of the man and of his army friends, as well as the contemporareousness and universality of his work.

The house has to be viewed as a visual and sound work paying homage to the poet and his poetry.
The roof recalls an open book and the large windows bring light into the house.
Access to the cellar in through a spiral staircase but the cellar where Owen wrote his last letter to his mother hasn't been changed.


Closed during winter months.

Starting April 15th, open from wednesday to friday 2 p.m - 6 p.m. . Saturday 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.: 2 p.m.- 6 p.m. First sunday of each month 3 p.m.- 6 p.m.

Actually closed, until further notice, due to the Covid-19

Information: Tél : +33 (0)3 27 84 54 83

For groups, please call: +33 (0)3 27 84 10 94


Free entrance.

Office de Tourisme du Cambrésis
48,rue Henri de Lubac
Tél: +3 3( 0) 32 77 83 61 5



Whether they follow the Escaut, drive along country roads, discover the picturesque alleys of the old Cambrai, fortified farms, museums, learn about Matisse and Blériot, lace ang giants, tourists will understand why the inhabitants of this part of France are so happy to welcome them and will feel like coming back.

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