Highdown School / Caversham Grove (Now Highdown School, Emmer Green)

8 May 2003
Highdown School, Surley Row, Reading, Berkshire, RG4 8LR
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Caversham Grove (Now Highdown School, Emmer Green), Surley Row, Reading, Berkshire, RG4 8LR
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This information is taken from the statutory List as it was in 2001 and may not be up to date.


5128 (West Side) Caversham Grove (Now Highdown School, Emmer Green) SU 7176 5/287 II GV 2.

C18, altered and extended 1878-80 by Richard Norman Shaw in Queen Anne style.

The main (older) part: 2 storeys and attic over segmental-headed windows.

Red brick with stucco string at 1st floor level, flanking brick piers with rusticated bands. Stone moulded eaves cornice. 5 bays, glazing bar sashes with bracket cills centre 1st floor blind. Door and porch in centre probably by Norman Shaw, with moulded cornice and eared rubbed brick entrance. Tiled hipped roof with gabled dormers (part of Norman Shaw's work). Interior: richly panelled and with lavish plaster enrichments to ceilings (again probably by Norman Shaw). Stone staircase in central well with richly carved eared doorways, panelling and bold modillion cornice. The 1878-80 extensions by Norman Shaw almost, double the house in size. 2 storeys. Red brick. Queen Anne style.

with fine garden front to south with loggia, interior decorated in 'Adam' style.

Irregular plan with 2 storey gatehouse to stable yard projecting to east.

Casement windows with glazing bars. The Norman Shaw work is important as an early example of his Queen Anne revival and some of the interior details in the original (early C18) house are very faithful replicas of that period.

Listing NGR: SU7123276358


This is part of the Series: IOE01/1984 IOE Records taken by Richard Swynford-Lain; within the Collection: IOE01 Images Of England


© Mr Richard Swynford-Lain. Source: Historic England Archive

This photograph was taken for the Images of England project

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Photographer: Swynford-Lain, Richard

Rights Holder: Swynford-Lain, Richard


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