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HER Number MWB3553
Record Type Place
Name Chamberhouse Manor

Grid Reference SU 520 656
Map Sheet SU56NW
Parish Thatcham, West Berkshire
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Other Statuses and Cross-References

  • Berkshire SMR No. (pre 2000): 01408.00.000
  • National Monuments Record No.: SU 56 NW 22
    SU 5200 6565 - farmhouse on site of medieval manor house and chapel

Monument Type(s):

  • MANOR (15th century to Late 19th century - 1401 AD to 1900 AD)

Full Description

The manor of Chamberhouse is first mentioned in 1445 <4>, and a licence to crenellate was granted in 1446. Possibly the estate was that held by Roger de la Chambre in Thatcham in the 13th century <4>.

The Berkshire Record Office purchased a collection of documents in 1989 relating to the manor and estate of Chamberhouse. These include 'a small number of medieval records, mostly for the 15th century, a fine 17th century plan and survey book, and a large number of 18th century estate papers, mostly deriving from the period of ownership by the Amyand family. A large proportion of these have been severely damaged by exposure to water' <5>.

The conjectural site of the manor has been located at Chamberhouse Farm since the Second Epoch Ordnance Survey mapping <6>.

Sources and further reading

---1798. Sales Particulars: premises in Frilsham, Hampstead Norreys, Thatcham and Yattendon. [Unpublished document / SWB149547]
<01>Ashmole, E. 1736. The History and Antiquities of Berkshire, with a large appendix (Third Edition). p139, 141. [Monograph / SWB8214]
<02>Gray, E W (ed)?. pre 1839. The History and Antiquities of Newbury and its Environs. p194, 198. [Monograph / SWB11182]
https://archive.org/details/historyandantiq00unkngoog (Accessed 16/07/2019)
<03>Barfield, S. 1901. Thatcham, Berks and Its Manors. Vol I, P272-311. [Monograph / SWB6997]
https://archive.org/stream/thatchamberksits01barfuoft/thatchamberksits01barfuoft_djvu.txt (Accessed 18/08/2016)
<04>Page and Ditchfield (eds). 1923. Victoria County History (VCH) Berks III 1923. Vol 3. P316-7. [Monograph / SWB10005]
http://www.british-history.ac.uk/vch/berks/vol3 (Accessed 08/03/2022)
<05>Various. 1306-1800. Records of Chamberhouse manor and estate, Thatcham. [Map / SWB148523]
<06>Landmark. 1899-1900. Digital Ordnance Survey Mapping Epoch 2, 1:2500 (25 inch). Digital. 1:2500. Marked 'Chamberhouse Farm on site of Manor House'. [Map / SWB14455]
<07>Thatcham Historical Society. July 2007. Journal of Thatcham Historical Society. Volume 1, Number 1. p44-5 Abbot Hugh leads riotous attack at Chamberhouse by Dr David Peacock. [Article in serial / SWB147687]

Related Monuments

MWB3555Chamberhouse Chantry Chapel - approximate location (Monument)
MWB16864Chamberhouse Farm (Monument)
MWB16447North of Chamberhouse Farm, Thatcham (Find Spot)
MWB16178Chamberhouse Deer Park - unknown exact location (Monument)
MWB20883Chamberhouse Mill (Building)
MWB6250Chamberhouse Mill (Monument)

Associated Excavations and Fieldwork

  • None recorded