The Manor House

History of the Manor House

Tim Frost has provided the following document with the history of the Manor house in Ogbourne St George. The research was commissioned by Oliver Frost in 1938. It provides a terrific insight into the history of the house and local area.

Manor House History.pdf

The man who never was…

Here is an extract from the “Man who never was”. It details a second world war deception in 1943 intended to mislead the Germans about the Allied invasion plans in the Mediterranean. The Manor house featured in the deception…

Extract from the man who never was.pdf


  • Comment Author Isobel Carter
    Post Time Dec 15, 2011 at 9:20 am
  • Hello

    I wonder does anyone have an explanation for the meaning of Og - is it a Celtic name relating to the river in the area as is the River Avon and Nadder? Perhaps someone has some ideas.

  • Comment Author KeithM
    Post Time Jan 16, 2012 at 11:38 pm
  • Bryn Walters (Director of the The Association for Roman Archaeology) has said to me that “Og” is a Celtic Name, meaning “Young” I think

  • Comment Author Tim Frost
    Post Time Jan 24, 2012 at 2:31 pm
  • Certainly Og may be a Celtic name, but The Place-Names of Wiltshire (English Place-Names Society, 1939) is very confident that the name of the river is a back-formation from Ogbourne. Early spellings of the village name in the twelfth and thirteenth centuries are Oceburnan, Ocheburn, Ocheburna magna et parva, and these indicate a likely original meaning of “Oc(c)a’s stream”. The name Ocea is on record from Wiltshire in the ninth century.

    Later spellings include Okkeburn (1316), Okeburn Major (1289), Okeborne Seynt George (1462), Auqueborne (1390), Oggeburn St George (1449), Oakeborne (1669).

  • Comment Author Eleanor Tuckey
    Post Time Mar 22, 2012 at 8:50 pm
  • This house is amazing and has taught me a lot about hisotrical history, i live there and it is THE BEST HOUSE EVER!

  • Comment Author KeithM
    Post Time Mar 24, 2012 at 11:39 am
  • Dear Frances

    I don’t know if Paul Scott replied to your original comment in 2009. But as the current editor of the website, I’m sure everything you can share will be of interest. If you have old photos that need scanning to make a digital copy, I can help with that.

    Keith Macdonald

  • Comment Author Henry Stevenson
    Post Time Sep 1, 2012 at 5:20 pm
  • I’m just reading Ben Macintyre’s book ‘Operation Mincemeat’ - better known as ‘The Man Who Never Was’. I’m sure that you know the story about the plan to deceive the enemy by delivering ‘top secret’ plans for the invasion of Sardinia to the Germans in a briefcase attached to the wrist of a drowned British Officer. The officer’s identity was entirely ficticious. To add authenticity, the drwned man carried various personal effects including some letters from his ‘fiancee’ Pam. One of the letters was written on her ‘parent’s’ genuine headed notepaper from The Manor House, Ogbourne St. George. You can find the reference on page 77 of the paperback edition of the book published by Bloomsbury.

    Best regards,
    Henry Stevenson

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