So sad to see The Manor up for sale. Almost demeaning, in a way, for it to be handled by (I assume) some sharp-suited civvy estate agent with no real concept of its history. Some of the architecture in the cellars looked pre-15th century to me - possibly even Norman. And what about the ghosts? No mention of the ghosts that terrified so many students (not to mention DS) in the wee small hours! But at least they've managed to spell Templer correctly.
My understanding is that this is (a portion ?) of the MOD library formerly housed in central London. With the contraction of MOD real estate in town there was no room to house it. I certainly remember it being in Old Scotland Yard and then a tiny fragment being shelved in the MB library post refurbishment.
I have been told it was offered to KCL but refused. At one point portions were being 'reshelved' into skips by MOD - reportedly one DIS analyst/intelligence reservist/historian used to spend his lunchtimes skipdiving to save what he could.
At some stage the D Int of the day (Chris H) offerd to house it in Chix - in the 'old COMCEN?'. Again, I can recall seeing what I think was part of this collection on shelves in the Chix library - looking rather unloved. But the majority, as I understand it, remained inaccessible. I do know one military historian suggested to the corps they really should sort it out and, as he puts it, was told to 'piss off'. There was also supposedly an approach by a UK university who were willing to provide space - they were also rebuffed.
That's as much as I currently know - I'm not clear how it came to move from Chix to the praries.