Charles Edward Keyser

Charles Edward Keyser by Walton Adams, a bromide print, taken in the 1910s NPG P140(34)
© National Portrait Gallery, London

10 September 1847 – 23 May 1929

Lord of the Manor: 1893-1929

Aldermaston Court

Charles Keyser bought Aldermaston Court in 1893, it is rumoured after being advised by his sister Agnes, a close friend of Edward VII and founder of King Edward VII’s Hospital for Officers in London.

Aldermaston Church

Charles Keyser restored the 12th Century Church at Aldermaston from 1896-1902 using his friends from the Society of Antiquarians: Edward Doran Webb, architect and Philip Harry Newman, artist.


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  • Im working this days at Aldermarston Manor, we are filming, beautiful place and sad to see how is abandoned…beautiful piece of history

    By Luciano Ramos (25/06/2023)
  • Hi Jeremy

    Many thanks for taking the trouble to contact us and clarify that point; the article has now been altered with the description ‘close friend’.

    If you are able to add any futher information at all, either by way of text or photographs, we would be delighted to receive it.

    Our aim is for the website to be a community resource, and responses, such as yours, are really important to us.

    Best wishes

    Peter Hulme

    Chair, Aldermaston History Group

    By Peter Hulme (27/10/2020)
  • I am sure that Sister Agnes was not a ‘mistress’ of Edward VII.
    They were certainly great friends but the relationship did not go further than that. This was confirmed by my grandmother, Dorothy Keyser/ West.

    By Jeremy West (27/10/2020)

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