Caversham Grove (Now Highdown School, Emmer Green) Highdown School, Reading
Description: Caversham Grove (Now Highdown School, Emmer Green)
Date Listed: 14 December 1978
English Heritage Building ID: 39200
OS Grid Reference: SU7123276358
OS Grid Coordinates: 471232, 176358
Latitude/Longitude: 51.4817, -0.9756
Location: 201 Surley Row, Reading RG4 8LR
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(Now Highdown School,
SU 7176 5/287
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
Source: English Heritage
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