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List Entry Summary

This building is listed under the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) Act 1990 as amended for its special architectural or historic interest.


List entry Number: 1220445



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District: West Berkshire

District Type: Unitary Authority

Parish: Shaw cum Donnington

National Park: Not applicable to this List entry.

Grade: I

Date first listed: 06-Jun-1952

Date of most recent amendment: Not applicable to this List entry.

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Legacy System: LBS

UID: 394163

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SU 46NE SHAW CUM DONNINGTON CHURCH ROAD (north side) 7/54 Shaw House School 6.6.52 GV I

House, now School. 1581. Red brick with stone dressings and old tile roof. 6 stacks with 2 or 4 diamond shafts with moulded tops and rectangular bases. Parapet and gables with stone coping and ball finials. H-plan. Basement, 2 storeys and attic. All windows with leaded lights and H-section mullions and transoms. Plinth with moulded top; and strongly moulded string courses between floors. South front: 5 gables with 6-light windows and returned hood moulds in each; and 4 small hipped dormers. 2 projecting wings to right and left with stacks on return walls. 3 especially large windows to hall on ground floor to right. Central 2 storey Ashlar porch with Ionic pilasters supporting entablature with Greek inscription, and triangular pediment, above moulded arched doorway. 6-light window set back above with string course below; and above, with Greek inscription. Crowning triangular pediment with 3 finials and carved face in tympanum. East front: 3 gables with 2 small gabled dormers between. 2 canted bays with parapets rising to second storey in end bays to right and left. Large central first floor C18 9-light window breaking into string course below. Steps to central door with stumpy Corinthian pilasters supporting entablature and triangular pediment. North front: 5 gables as south, central porch with Doric pilasters supporting entablature, and depressed arched doorway below. 2 storey. c.1870 addition with 2 arches on ground floor each side of porch. 2 stacks to left and right of central gable; and 2 stacks in return walls of projecting wings. Interior: Mainly late C17 and early C18. Possibly C16 stone fireplace in attic; re-used probably C16 or C17 panelling in c.1870 long gallery to north. 3 rooms with C17 panelling and C17-C18 fireplaces; gun room on ground floor to south west; King Charles' room on first floor to south-east and Queen Anne's room with ionic pilasters and overmantel with blank arcade, on first floor to north-east. All other rooms with Cl8 panelling and stone fireplaces, including the great hall and the present staff room to north-east. Staircase hall to east with late C17 3-flight, square well staircase; with twisted balusters, wainscot panelling and C18 rococo plaster ceiling above. House built for Thomas Dolman, a local clothier, and used as headquarters by King Charles I during the battle of Newbury, 1644. V.C.H. Vol.4. PP.87-88. B.O.E.Berkshire pp.213-214, Murrays Berkshire Architectural Guide. Betjeman and Piper. 1949. p.141. Country Life.Sept.1910.

Listing NGR: SU4756168369

Selected Sources

Books and journals
Ditchfield, P H, Page, W, The Victoria History of the County of Berkshire, (1924), 87-88
Pevsner, N, The Buildings of England: Berkshire, (1975), 213-214
'Murrays Architectural Guide' in Berkshire, (1949), 141
'Country Life' in September, (1910)

National Grid Reference: SU 47561 68369


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