The Elms

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The Elms
2 Lower Road
Hampshire PO9 3LH

The Elms

The Elms is an historic house in Old Bedhampton, near Havant, Hampshire in England. It is a Grade II ‘star’ listed building
  • It has five apartments that give a lovely self-contained home to five senior residents;
  • The Waterloo Room with its tower
  • It gives home to the Bedhampton Historic Collection
  • It also houses the Trust Office.
The building's principle features are the 'Strawberry Hill House' style of Gothic Architecture front elevations and the large hall known as the Waterloo Room,
The house was built in the 17th Century and improved in the Gothic revival style during the 18th. Story has it that early in the 19th century the owner, Sir Theophilus Lee, invited his second cousin Arthur Wellesley, the first Duke of Wellington, to dine there.
Sir Theophilus commissioned a banquesting Hall called the Waterloo Room with aTower in honour of the Duke's success at the Battle of Waterloo on June 18th 1815. There is no real evidence that the Duke ever dined there.
There is a description here of The Elms and The Waterloo Room - taken from the series     The Buildings of England (1962) which is titled 'The origin of the description of The Elms, naming it as 'the gem of Bedhampton'.'

Maintenace of this historic building is a significant and challenging resposibily for the charity and we seek supporters donations to help with this task for the sake of the property now and for future generations.

The Elms offers a unique solution for someone elderly seeking security and company without compromising their independence.
  • The Elms is a haven of tranquillity set in beautiful, regularly tended grounds and is in the centre of the village not far from the beaten track with public transport just five minutes’ walk away. There are local shops and amenities around fifteen minutes walk away.
  • The Elms has five self-contained apartments, which are well suited to the active elderly person.
  • Each apartment is centrally heated and communal areas are maintained by Trust staff.
  • Residents furnish their apartment with their own furniture and furnishings.
  • The residents’ contributions paid include the cost of heating and hot water as well as the cleaning of communal areas.
  • The upper floor apartments are reached by a central stairway from the entrance hall.
  • There is a small flat that residents can reserve when their friends come to visit.
  • Residents have the use of the private gardens, which are maintained by the gardener.

The Waterloo Room
The Waterloo Room at The Elms is the Trust’s Function Room. Here the Trust holds its Annual General Meeting every April, the annual Art Exhibition at the end of May and the Room is used as part of the Annual Garden Party at The Elms at the beginning of August. 
In February 2017, the Secret Bookshop, the fund raiser run by Nigel and Wendy Gossop, facilitated the change-over to folding tables and stacking chairs as the Waterloo Room became more frequently used for a variety of functions such as the 'Monthly Coffee Morning with Books', and the series of very successful talks on a variety.of interesting topices by invited speakers.
For more details on the talks please go to our
news page.
Other organisations, such as the U3A use the Room from  time to time in return for a donation to the charity.

The Waterloo Room could be available for your event - for further details please contact our administrator on

The volunteers who run the Manor Trust's small museum called the 'Bedhampton Historical Collection' have researched the history of the Waterloo Room and put together a leaflet detailing the various owners through the years and someting of their history.
This leaflet can be read on-line by clicking here.

The new look from February 2017 shows Waterloo Room tables and chairs as laid for the Thursday Luncheon Club

A Luncheon Club meets Thursdays in the Waterloo Room.
The club is a happy gathering of retired people living locally who come to enjoy the getting together and a luncheon.
The Trust’s residents are invited to come and enjoy the company and of course an excellent two-course meal followed by tea, all prepared and served by volunteers.
The Trust’s residents are invited to come and enjoy the company and of course an excellent two-course meal followed by tea, all
prepared and served by volunteers.

  • If you have an interest in the local heritage of villages such as Old Bedhampton and in particular its heritage buildings, then we would like to hear from you.
  • The Manor Trust is the charity that was set up to maintain The Elms, which is a Grade II 'Star' Listed Building with 'Strawberry Hill House Neo-Gothic' Elevations with its Waterloo Room and its Tower.
  • Your support for this project will be much appreciated whether it be as a active volunteer helping with the building or fund-raising or just with a donation.

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Click here to find how to contact us and we will look forward to meeting you.

Bedhampton Historical Collection

The Elms is home to the Bedhampton Historical Collection. Please click the link in the name to go to the Museum page.

Trust Office
You can contact or send a message to the Trust Office here

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