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

Description: Caversham Grove (Now Highdown School, Emmer Green) Highdown School

Grade: II
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

Locality: Reading
County: Reading
Country: England
Postcode: RG4 8LR

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Listing Text

(West Side)
Caversham Grove
(Now Highdown School,
Emmer Green)
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

This text is a legacy record and has not been updated since the building was originally listed. Details of the building may have changed in the intervening time. You should not rely on this listing as an accurate description of the building.

Source: English Heritage

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