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The Hayes, the conference centre at Swanwick, is 100 years old this year. Pat Ashworth digs into its rich history

THERE are no longer vines in the vinery, just as there are no longer stables, or pigsties, or dairy buildings at the Hayes, a Victorian country house in Swanwick, Derbyshire, which looked every inch a Cluedo board. It was built by the Wright family, and sold in 1911 to the Student Christian Movement (SCM).

But the vinery’s original ironwork is still in place, and if, as one visitor observed, “You fully expect to pick up the 11.53 to Rugby in ...

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