CHARLESTON MANOR

Former home of Sir Oswald Birley and Lady Rhoda Birley

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The staff at Charleston under the Birley's

I am indebted to Mr. John Lambert for much of the detail I have been able to include on this site about Charleston and the Birley's. John was officially the Chauffeur to Sir Oswald and Lady Birley but he also undertook the duties as Head Gardener of the Ornamental Gardens.

John does not like the camera too much and I sadly have only one photograph with him in it and I had to use an excuse to get that one. I shall include more of his reminiscences at the bottom of this page but we must not forget the other members of the staff...

Name Position

Present in 1980

Miss Hamlyn Private Secretary
Ms. Trickett Nannie (Painted by Sir Oswald)
??? Cook
I am also aware of a number of un-named maids
John Lambert Chauffeur & Head Gardener (Ornamentals) Yes
Robert Peisker of Selmeston Casual in Ornamental Garden Yes
Mr. Brown of Sleaford Casual in Ornamental Garden
Arthur (?) Head Gardener (Fruit and Vegetables)
Reginald Poland Full time in Walled Garden
Sidney Dumbrell of Alfriston Casual in Walled Garden
John Smith of Eastbourne Full time in Walled Garden Yes
Albert Reid of Litlington Full time in Walled Garden Yes
Ted Jones Yes

 

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