Remembering Elizabeth Macleod Matthews

Posted On April 1, 2016
April 01, 2016

We were saddened to hear about the passing of Elizabeth MacLeod Matthews
of Chenies Manor. Elizabeth had been diagnosed with a brain tumour and passed away peacefully on Tuesday 15 March, 2016. “We have moved back into the house so it has become a family home again” says son Charles, “We are carrying on as normal and the house and garden will remain open as my mother would have wished.”


“When we were working late in the studio she would bring us a welcome glass of wine and cake and the dogs would sit outside waiting for their biscuit treat. Lots of good memories of a lovely and very hard working lady devoted to Chenies and her precious garden.”

 Sue and Martin Garnett, Framework Studios (Retired)


“Elizabeth was so passionate about her garden and sharing it with everybody. She was very generous and supportive about everything, especially our literary lunches – she brought them to a different level. When were at an event we could never find her, she would inevitably be working in the garden! She was very pro the local businesses and trying to find ways we could work together and liked to involve The Peppermill as caterers”

Sheryl Shurville, Chorleywood Bookshop


“Elizabeth came into the Pharmacy most Saturday mornings to get her things and set her up for a busy weekend with her beautiful gardens. She always invited me to her July plant fairs!”

Hitesh Dodhia, Parade Pharmacy


“Elizabeth would come into the store for bits and bobs for the Manor, she was a valued customer who was down to earth and liked by everyone. Her son came in before Christmas and ordered three wheelbarrows for her present! “

Anthony Forshaw, Poores


“She was a marvellous woman and will be greatly missed. She was a great supporter of our shops and cafes would come in for a trolleyload every week.”

John May, J J May


“I found her a remarkable lady – when I would cater for events at the Manor she would usually be around the garden pushing heavy loads of soil in a wheelbarrow. “

Don Corney, J J May


“Elizabeth Macleod Matthews, with her husband, faithfully restored Chenies Manor ruin some fifty years ago, creating the magnificent Manor House that, like Lady Elizabeth, has become and will now remain, the epitome of Chenies”.

Bob Arthy


Elizabeth was an admirable, no-nonsense lady who was passionate about so many things, not least saving our much

threatened bee population, a mission we intend
to fully support in the Magazine going forward .” Jill Visser, Chorleywood Magazine


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  1. Marion Perkins   20/04/2016 6:15 pm / Reply

    How very sad it is to lose Elizabeth, such a well-respected talented lady, whose artistry in her garden amazed and delighted so many people. She encouraged me to exhibit my botanical and landscape paintings at the Manor over many years and I had six successful exhibitions there,thanks to her lively enthusiasm and support. For those happy times and for the inspiration In my work that I gain from visiting the garden I shall always be grateful.

    Marion Perkins

  2. Chris and Judy Gibney of Nobottle Nursery   24/04/2016 1:59 pm / Reply

    We were very saddened to hear this news. Such an interesting and kind lady who made everyone welcome. Elizabeth will be missed by not only her family and friends but also the Exhibitors to her Plant Fairs. RIP

  3. Ian Ward-Brown   08/07/2016 8:48 am / Reply

    My wife Jeannie and I cebrated our wedding with a wonderful lunch for our friends at Chenies just couple of years ago. The weather was kind, the gardens magnificent and Elizabeth joined us for drinks beforehand. We both took an instant liking to her and are so very sorry to learn of her death. So sad, but we will always have fond memories of Chenies and Elixabeth to look back on.

  4. Sally Cakebread   13/03/2017 7:15 pm / Reply

    I am very sad to hear this news. Elizabeth very generously opened up Chenies for one of our Stop HS2 events and was so empathetic to the plight of others whose homes were being blighted by this dreadful railway even though thankfully Chenies is not. She kept the house beautifully and worked so hard in the gardens. A real inspiration.
    Sally Cakebread, Denham Against HS2

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