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Chiltlee/Chiltley Manor Photographs
- Barry Elliott Gay (10th Feb 2009 - 19:11:01)

My twin brother Colin [and I] were born in Liphook and because of the bombing of Portsmouth we stayed at Chiltley Manor upon our birth on 28 July 1942. As a young child I visited the manor and was shown the window to our bedroom. I believe there was an orchard in the rear of the manor.

I also believe it was torn down a few years ago. Are there any recorded photographs and history of the manor that I could obtain as an email attachment or by mail?

Barry 10 February 2009

Re: Chiltlee/Chiltley Manor Photographs
- P Weyland (11th Feb 2009 - 19:36:22)

The manor house is still there, now converted into office premises - unless of course you mean Chiltley Place which was torn down.

The Liphook Preservation Society published a book on the history of Chiltley Place (authored by Anne Silver) several years ago which is no doubt still available from local outlets.

I have a copy of the book if you get stuck.

Re: Chiltlee/Chiltley Manor Photographs
- Barry Gay (12th Feb 2009 - 04:46:51)

I have spent the past hour searching for the title: Chiltley Place and the Goldenfields by Anne E. Silver and found that the book is currently unavailable.

I would be very interested in obtaining this book from you. We could discus this further through Talkback or privetly using my email address.


Re: Chiltlee/Chiltley Manor Photographs
- P Weyland (12th Feb 2009 - 08:15:43)

No problem, I can post it off to you if you fancy reading it.

My email address is

Re: Chiltlee/Chiltley Manor Photographs
- Bramshott & Liphook Preservation Society (12th Feb 2009 - 17:23:59)

The preservation society have almost certainly still got some copies of the chiltley placebook by Ann Silver; phone 01428 722162 mon to fri. mornings only. Do you actually mean chiltley place, which as you say has been demolished, or would it be chiltley manor which still stands, although altered to form offices. The society may have some information on chiltley manor.

Re: Chiltlee/Chiltley Manor Photographs
- Barry Gay (15th Feb 2009 - 19:00:11)

Yes, it is Chiltley Place that I am interested in.

As I now live in the United States, I shall be writing to the Bramshott and Liphook Preservation Society on 12 London Road to enquire into purchasing a copy of the Chiltley Place and the Goldenfields by Anne Silver.


Re: Chiltlee/Chiltley Manor Photographs
- P Weyland (16th Feb 2009 - 17:38:46)

Its a very in depth book with loads of photos. I'm sure its exactly what your looking for Barry.

Re: Chiltlee/Chiltley Manor Photographs
- Barry Gay (22nd Mar 2009 - 19:50:26)

This is addressed to P. Weyland:

On March 4th, I wrote a letter to the Bramshott and Liphook Preservation Society enquiring into purchasing a copy of Chiltley Place and Goldenfields by Anne E. Silver, as of today March 22nd, no reply.
I am still very interested in purchasing a copy plus postage.


Re: Chiltlee/Chiltley Manor Photographs
- Barry Gay (2nd Apr 2009 - 00:31:06)

On 31 March 2009, I received from Duncan Long his copy of Chiltley Place and Goldenfields.

The book was more than I expected, well written and full of interesting facts; now I have a record of where I was born durning the summer of 1942.

From the before drawing and after drawing overlay, I can now visualize how large the estate was before all those houses were built.

Duncan also attached a photo of the only part of the original building left, he believes it was the old workshop with the gate to the right being the original entrance to the house.

Again I would like to thank Duncan in helping me obtain the Chiltley Place and Goldenfields book by Anne Silver.


Re: Chiltlee/Chiltley Manor Photographs
- P Weyland (3rd Apr 2009 - 19:45:28)

Hi Barry, sorry I didnt see the message else I would've obliged. Glad you got it sorted though and its been of good use to you.

Re: Chiltlee/Chiltley Manor Photographs
- Kaydie gay (17th Aug 2015 - 06:55:59)

My father is the man with the above messages. I do not know who shall receive this...but I would be curious to ask some questions of my own. Its quite random that I was just looking up my own place of birth and literally stumbled across this. I mean absolutely no harm.

Please contact me if possible at

Thank YOU!

Re: Chiltlee/Chiltley Manor Photographs
- Sheila Merritt (27th Feb 2017 - 22:16:27)

I am interested in info / photos of above.
I have a friend who was born in 1944, her parents lived in Portsmouth, which obviously was under heavy attack back then. My friends birth cert just says she was born in Liphook. She remembers her mum telling her that she was born in a "posh house" in Liphook, she believe was owned by a Jewish gentleman. Could this be Chiltley manor?
Regards Sheila

Re: Chiltlee/Chiltley Manor Photographs
- G Hutcheson (4th Jul 2020 - 08:16:58)

I read with interest the threads on Chiltley Place. I am researching my family history and understand that Chiltley place was requisitioned during the war as a maternity hospital because Portsmouth was subject to heavy bombing.

I know this because my Father and his family lived at Chiltley Place at the start of the war. My Grandmother, My Aunt, Uncle and Father were moved into the large house at the start of the war to ‘look after the house’. My GrandFather and Grandmother were in service with Mr Gerald Mère who owned Chiltley Place as Domestic Chauffeur and ‘housekeeper’
They were moved out of London at the start of the war. My Grandfather was separated from the rest of the family and followed Mr Mere to Gurrington House in Devon.

My Father recounts tales of living in the very large house and having the wonderful grounds to play in. When the house was requisitioned they moved into the smaller 2 Chiltley cottage, which I believe has also gone, but I am not sure.

Re: Chiltlee/Chiltley Manor Photographs
- D (4th Jul 2020 - 17:12:25)

Was Chiltley Place on the site of the Berg estate? I'm assuming Chiltley Lane was the boundary. I remember the houses to the back of the Berg being built in the mid-seventies so when would Chiltley Place have been demolished?

Re: Chiltlee/Chiltley Manor Photographs
- Val (5th Jul 2020 - 00:43:16)

The Liphook Heritage Centre is currently closed because of the pandemic. However we will be able to help you with your query if you contact us by email at www.liphookheritage@gmail.
also see the link on the left

Re: Chiltlee/Chiltley Manor Photographs
- G Hutcheson (12th Jul 2020 - 11:10:28)

Chiltley Place and the extensive grounds was where the Berg estate was built. The house and cottages were demolished but were originally accessed from Chiltley Lane.

Re: Chiltlee/Chiltley Manor Photographs
- Linda Morris (12th Jul 2020 - 18:07:27)

On our walks we have noticed Goldenfields in Chitley Lane.

Can anyone shed some light on GOLDENFIELDS

It looks like it could have been part of Chiltley Manor or some other bigger house and seems to have a small bell tower on top of the roof. Beautiful building.

Linda Morris

Re: Chiltlee/Chiltley Manor Photographs
- Irene Ellis (16th Jul 2020 - 20:25:41)

Hello Barry & Collin. You are not the only ones to be born in Liphook on July 28 1942 . I was born in 2 Collyers Cresent just up the road from Chiltly Manor I think about mid day and I still live in liphook but the other side of the village. Irene Ellis ne Holdsworth

Re: Chiltlee/Chiltley Place
- John Miller (3rd Sep 2020 - 12:27:57)

I’d like to add myself to the list of babies born in 1943 at Chiltley PLACE, Liphook. My parents were living in Dast Cosham, Portsmouth and my father worked in the Royal Naval Dockyard, Portsmouth. I would otherwise have been born in St Mary’s or The Royal Hospital, both within bombing distance of the main target, the Dockyard. I too would love to buy a copy of the book about Chiltley Place. Best wishes.

Re: Chiltlee/Chiltley Manor Photographs
- ernest timms (14th Jun 2024 - 13:32:08)

I have just chanced on these entries.
My parents lived in Portsmouth during the war and my mother was brought to Liphook in early June 1944 for my birth in 11th June. Her memory was of seeing the London road lined with military equipment for D Day.
She said I was born in a "big house" .
Although we lived close to the dockyard we returned to Portsmouth within a few days of my birth, luckily survived!
From the previous entries I guess my birthplace was probably Chiltlee Place.
I have never known my actual birthplace & thought it might have been the nearby Canadian Military Hospital

Re: Chiltlee/Chiltley Manor Photographs
- Zoe (18th Jun 2024 - 20:28:57)

Chiltley Place births that were listed online

Chiltley Place births 1942- 1945

Re: Chiltlee/Chiltley Manor Photographs
- V Gaskin (19th Jun 2024 - 11:01:20)

Hello Barrie, you can get this booklet from the Liphook Heritage Centre by emailing them at .

Also check out their website for contact details and all books available. We ship all over the world

Good luck

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