The colourful history of the Reigate Manor Hotel begins in 1780, and encompasses intriguing stories of war, murder and speed! The house was built in the 18th century and then subsequently owned for over 100 years by the Brokes family. Dame Rebecca Inglis eventually bought the estate, and partitioned half of it for herself, leaving the manor to be converted into a hotel in 1924.
Like many buildings in the area, the hotel was requisitioned for the use of military personnel during the Second World War. As the base and Headquarters for the South Eastern Command, Field Marshall Sir Bernard 'Monty' Montgomery of WWII's North African 'El Alamein' fame served as commander here for a time. After the war, the building was restored to a hotel, but not yet to peace, as in 1946 a barman at the establishment, John McMain Mudie, met with a violent end in the infamous 'Chalk Pit Murder'. Finally, Reigate Manor's garage housed the preparations of Sir Donald Campbell, who set multiple world water-speed records.