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Minley is located in Hampshire
Minley shown within Hampshire
OS grid reference SU8156155609
Civil parish
Shire county
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town Fleet
Postcode district GU51
Police Hampshire
Fire Hampshire
Ambulance South Central
EU Parliament South East England
UK Parliament
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51°17′38″N 0°49′54″W / 51.293779°N 0.831665°W / 51.293779; -0.831665Coordinates: 51°17′38″N 0°49′54″W / 51.293779°N 0.831665°W / 51.293779; -0.831665

Minley is a village in the Hart District of Hampshire, England. In the ecclesiastical parish of Minley and the civil parish of Blackwater and Hawley.[1] It lies on the A327 road between the M3 and Yateley. Its nearest town is Blackwater, approximately 2 miles (3.2 km) away from the village.


Minley is included in the Domesday Book[2] as Mindeslei,[3] in the Holesete Hundred, Hantescire (Hampshire) as a Manor in Yateley, assessed at 2 hides and worth 20s, and was in the possession of Alsi son of Brictsi.[2]

Historic spellings of Minley include; Mundeleya, 1189-1199; Mundele, 1236; Mendeley, 1280; Mynley, 1516[4] and Mindley in the 18th century.[5] Minley ferm (Farm) is shown on an Old map by Norden from 1607[6] being in the Crundall Hundred of Hamshire.

In the Domesday Book, the Manor of Minley is described as an area of land/estate of 2 hides (approx. 240-300 acres), now however, Minley Manor is a term used locally for the mansion house built by Henry Clutton in 1858-1860, which was formerly used by the Royal School of Military Engineering.

Guillemont Barracks[edit]

The site, now found just off of junction 4a of the M3, on the Minley Road (A327), Guillemont Barracks were built in 1938.[7] Covering 13.7ha, they were named after the German-held village of Guillemont,[7][8] which was retaken by British Empire Forces, in September 1916, during the Battle of the Somme. The West Nova Scotia Regiment arrived at the barracks on January 1, 1940,[9][10][11] the Canadian Fusiliers Mont-Royal Regiment, part of the Canadian 5th Brigade, were stationed at the barracks in late 1940.[7][12] King George VI and Lady Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon inspected the troops on March 26, 1941.[7] The 3rd Training Regiment of The Royal Engineers were based there from 1954 until at least 57.[13]

The Guillemont Barracks site was purchased by Sun Microsystems in 1997 for £36m.[14] Sun Microsystems intended to build 5 office buildings on the site, but after two phases were complete and the dot com bubble bursting in 2000, phase 3 was halted mid-build [14] (the steel superstructure of the last two buildings, that weren't completed, remained until March 2015). With the acquisition of Sun Microsystems by Oracle Corporation in 2009[15] business and staff were relocated to Oracle's Headquarters in Thames Valley Park, Reading. Property company Landid bought the former headquarters in January 2011. In Dec 2013, a planning application[16] to demolish the part built structures and to build 150 homes on the site was refused. The site and buildings remain empty as of April 2015 (except for demolition of the never completed last two buildings).

Some historical records also use the spelling Guillemot (missing the 'n').


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