Minley Manor

Minley Manor

Coordinates: 51°19′01″N 0°49′12″W / 51.317°N 0.820°W / 51.317; -0.820 Minley Manor is a Grade 2* listed country manor house, located within a grade II registered garden, built in the French style by Henry Clutton in the 1860s with further additions in the 1880s. The Manor is situated 2 miles north of junction 4A of the M3 between Farnborough and Yateley in Hampshire, England and is situated in 80 acres (32 ha) of grounds.[1]


The current manor house was built in the French style by Henry Clutton between 1858 and 1860 for Raikes Currie, a partner in Glyn Mills' Bank and a member of the Currie family who benefited substantially from slavery in the British West Indies.[2][3] During the next three years attention turned to the estate, with the creation of formal gardens around the house and a kitchen garden. The remainder was landscaped as pleasure gardens by F W Meyer,[4] working with the horticulturists Veitch & Sons of Exeter. On Raikes' death in 1881, his son Bertram Wodehouse Currie continued the development, employing Messrs Veitch to lay out a Winter Garden and extensions to the pleasure gardens, which included Hawley Lake, in the 1880s. The house was the birthplace of the British diplomat Sir Reginald Hoare in 1882.[5] Raikes' grandson Laurence Currie built a water tower, created a new complex of walled gardens and further extended the ornamental planting and woodland.[2]

The property passed to the War Office in 1934,[2] initially for the Senior Wing of the nearby Staff College, Camberley.[6] It was used by the Royal Engineers, from 1971, as a brigade headquarters and then, from 1990, as an officers' mess for units at Gibraltar Barracks, which are located on the opposite side of the A327 Minley Road.[2] One of the main features is a 600-metre Wellingtonia tree avenue, which was shown off to good effect in the 1969 movie Mosquito Squadron, where the manor house played the part of a French château used as a prisoner of war camp and factory for the V-1 flying bomb. The manor was also used as a location in the 2007 Victorian fantasy movie Stardust, starring Robert De Niro and Michelle Pfeiffer.[7]

In 2013, as part of the RSME-PPP project, the Holdfast consortium built a new officers' mess on the Gibraltar Barracks site. The Ministry of Defence part-funded this project from sale of the manor[8] which was sold to an international investor in November 2014.[9]


  1. ^ "Minley Manor". Ad locations. Retrieved 13 April 2018.
  2. ^ a b c d "Register of Parks and Gardens of Special Historic Interest". English Heritage. Retrieved 13 April 2018.
  3. ^ Coventry, CJ (2019). "Links in the Chain: British slavery, Victoria and South Australia". Before/Now. Retrieved 31 March 2019.
  4. ^ "F W Meyer". Parks and Gardens. Retrieved 13 April 2018.
  5. ^ "Reginald Hoare". Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. Retrieved 13 April 2018.
  6. ^ "Number of Land Forces Army Estimates, 1949–50". Hansard. Retrieved 13 April 2018.
  7. ^ "Lights Camera Action! MOD provides movie backdrops". Defence News. Retrieved 13 April 2018.
  8. ^ "Heritage Report 2009" (PDF). Ministry of Defence. Retrieved 13 April 2018.
  9. ^ "Historic Minley Manor sold to international investor". Insider Media. 18 November 2014. Retrieved 31 March 2018.

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