Emily Mangles ~ 1912

Of Poyle Park, Tongham ~ Owner of Hale Convalescent Home

Emily Mangles of Poyle and Hale
  • Emily was born in 1844 at Poyle Park, Tongham, Surrey to Charles Edward Mangles and Rose Newcombe Mangles
  • She remained at home with aging parents but after their death, Emily moved to London to train as a nurse
  • 1888: Emily used her inheritance from her parents to open Hale Convalescent Home in Hale, just north of Farnham and not that far from her previous home in Tongham, Surrey

Emily Mangles died 9 January 1912 at the Hale Convalescent Home and she was buried in Upper Hale Cemetery:

Grave Marker of Emily Mangles

The Will of Emily Mangles

  • Executors: Frank Mangles Esq. of Shalden Lodge, Alton, Hampshire, and Michael Chapman
  • Ernest Jackson (Farnham Solicitor) to be co-executor with Michael Chapman in the event that Frank Mangles predeceases her
  • Actual Executor: Frank Mangles (brother of Emily Mangles)
  • Probate Granted: 23 March 1912
  • Estate value: £12,569 Resworn: £13,069

Main Provisions

Will of Emily Mangles ~ opening paragraph

All my messuages, lands, hereditaments situate at Hale, together with the Convalescent Home thereon and the Chapel thereto annexed and the Laundry Stables and Iron Cottage used in connection with the said home, furniture, ornaments, household goods including the Organ* and Sacramental Plate (except those pieces of furniture to which I have attached labels) … unto the person who at my decease shall be the Bishop of the Diocese of Winchester for his absolute use. The Bishop of Winchester was the Reverend Edward Stuart Talbot (1844 – 1934).Real estate and personal estate not covered above to be divided into three equal shares between my nephews: Paul Chapman, Michael Chapman, and Cyril Gardner Mangles

People Named and Specific Bequests

  • Frank Mangles: £100 for duty as Executor. Frank was the only one of Emily Mangles’ four brothers still alive in 1912. He was a wealthy East India Company administrator who retired to Shalden, outside Alton and became a Hampshire County Magistrate
  • Paul Chapman (nephew) a Uganda Cattle Rancher whose mother was Agnes Mangles – sister of Emily Mangles
  • Michael Chapman (nephew): Italian Carving Table and Italian Writing Bureau; Michael moved to Toronto, Canada; he was an engineer. He was killed in action in 1918 and awarded the Military Cross posthumouslly. His mother was Agnes Mangles, sister of Emily Mangles
Commonwealth War Graves Commission
  • Lily Chapman: Nuremberg Wardrobe; Lily was the wife of Michael Chapman and adopted daughter of famous Compton artist, George Frederick Watts [Lilian Abbott Chapman nee Macintosh]
  • Cecil Gardner Mangles (nephew): a large chest; Cecil was an Army officer [father was Frank Mangles – brother of Emily Mangles]
  • Edith Preston (cousin): £100; she had been with Emily Mangles since at least 1881. She was an administrator at Hale Convalescent Home and was later buried in Upper Hale Cemetery close to Emily Mangles grave. Edith’s grandmother was Hamilla Mangles, sister of Emily Mangles. Hamilla is correct spelling. Also: Chippendale Sideboard, Carlaneli Water Colours, Chest of Drawers, Table and Chair of her choice.


  • Cousin Edith Preston: all my wardrobe and trinkets and to select what china, pictures or articles of furniture not labelled that may be useful to her. Edith Preston to have power to give £5 to any of my older and valued staff who have not been in my service 10 years.
  • Fanny Morrell: £200, all the furniture in the Chaplain’s House (which was one half of a house called Heatherbrae in Heath End, and two Chairs of her choice. Also to have a corner table and an Italian writing bureau.Fanny Morrell was an administrator at Hale Convalescent Home and was later buried in Upper Hale Cemetery very close to Emily Mangles grave.
  • Ellen Jacobs: £50; Ellen was a nurse at Hale Convalescent Home [Ellen Augusta Jacobs]
  • Eveline Wright: £10; Eveline nurse at the Home [Eveline Clara Meredith Wright]
  • Susan Garbett of Tongham: £100; Susan Garbett was the wife of Reverend Charles Garbett of Tongham [Susan Charlotte Garbett nee Forster]
  • Reverend Cyril Garbett of Portsmouth Vicarage: £25; Cyril was the son of Susan and Charles above.

Reverend Cyril Forster Garbett GCVO was an Anglican bishop and author. He was successively the Bishop of Southwark, the Bishop of Winchester and the Archbishop of York from 1942 to 1955. (Wikipedia)

  • Elsie Garbett of Tongham: £100; Emily Mangles’ godchild and daughter of Susan and Charles above [Elsie Amy Katherine Garbett]
  • Arabella Stone 52 Bessborough St, Westminster: £100 reduced to £50: Arabella was a retired Superintendent of Nurses [Arabella Elizabeth Stone]
  • Elsie Von Holmhorst, 23 Lower St Michael Road, Aldershot: £50 reduced to £20. I am unable to trace this person
  • Arthur Mardon, Castle Street, Farnham: £20; a Farnham builder who lived in Hale before moving to Castle Street [Arthur George Mardon]
  • Vicar of Hale (who ever that shall be) £25. The Vicar was Reverend Alan M Watson (Vicar of Hale 1910 to 1914)
  • Dr. Charles Edward Tanner, Downing Street, Farnham for all his kindness: £50. Dr Tanner had practised medicine in Farnham from at least 1891
  • Eleanor Edwards, Upper Hale: £5; a number of women with this name lived in Upper Hale in 1912
  • Emma Case, Windmill Hill, Hampstead: £5; a school teacher [Emma Sophia Case]
  • Employees of Hale Convalescent Home: employed at the time of my decease with service of 10 years or more and not under notice of leave (either given or received): £30 each

Note: Emily left a “Special Book” which contained the names of people to receive items from the Hale Convalescent Home to which Emily Mangles had attached labels

The Organ

When the Bishop of Winchester inherited the organ from the chapel at Hale Convalescent Home, he looked around for a home for it. Just up the road from the Home was the church of Upper Hale known as St Mark’s which had no organ – a perfect match ! So it was not Emily Mangles who donated the organ to St Mark’s but the Bishop of Winchester.

St Mark’s Church Organ

Hale Convalescent Home was located at “Hale Crescent, Hungry hill, Farnham” according to the 1896 Surrey Electoral Roll. Today, this would ‘The Crescent’. Emily Mangles purchased 3 existing houses (previously occupied by Army Officers) and had them converted into the Home. Fresh air was considered very important, so balconies and terraces were added. After Emily Mangles death, the Convalescent Home was wound down and the buildings were occupied by The Church Army Sanatorium. The buildings were demolished in 1953 and houses now stand on the site of the home and its gardens.

Hale Convalescent Home
Burdett’s Hospitals and Charities: Being the Year Book of Philanthropy.
Courtesy of Historic Farnham Town and Surrounding Villages Facebook Group

Select Sources

  • London Metropolitan Archives; London, England; Reference Number: DW/T/7880
  • Burdett’s Hospitals and Charities: Being the Year Book of Philanthropy
  • UK and Ireland, Find A Grave Index, 1300s-Current
  • The National Archives of the UK (TNA); Kew, Surrey, England; Census Returns of England and Wales, 1911
  • Various publications available on Google Books
  • General Register Office of England and Wales
  • St Mark’s Church, Upper Hale, Surrey
  • Tongham Village History Facebook Group 2022
  • https://probatesearch.service.gov.uk/