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Shaw House, Newbury

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Shaw House is an important example of an early symmetrical H-plan Elizabethan mansion, located at Shaw, on the north-eastern outskirts of Newbury in Berkshire.HistoryThe manor house of Shaw, Shaw House was built by the wealthy cloth merchant, Thomas Dolman, and completed in 1581. It is famous for its reputation as King Charles I's headquarters during the Second Battle of Newbury. However recent research has proved that, despite being at the centre of the fighting, the King never went to the house. Other Royals have visited, most notably Elizabeth I. In the 1720s, it was acquired by the flamboyant James Brydges, 1st Duke of Chandos. Although it was not the principal residence of the Duke, the family evidently spent some time in the area and the second Duke bought a wife at a sale in Newbury.After the first Duke's death in 1744 the dowager duchess lived at Shaw House till her death in 1750. Her step-son sold the property soon afterwards to the Andrews family. It was the childhood home of the historian, James Pettit Andrews. For many years it was a school.
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  • Shaw House is a real gem and probably Newbury's secret treasure.It has been fairly recently restored and is now open to the public. The staff couldn't have been more helpful and informative. Council m...  more »
  • I enjoyed this tour! Although I am the only tourist a very friendly gentleman explained to me for at least a good 20 minutes the whole history of this House, and then I was able to visit it alone and enjoy all these corners and take all the pictures I wanted. Very nice experience!
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  • Lovely Tudor mansion to visit, full of history .. empty rooms with exhibits in some, many of which refer to local history and English Civil War battles of Newbury . King Charles I stayed here during C...  more »
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  • Just a lovely place to visit. Very quiet - much more so than I thought it should be but gives you the feeling of having the place to yourself. Stuart gave a really interesting talk at the beginning summing-up the history of the house and the restoration. Fascinating but not overbearing. Staff were so friendly and helpful and there's a lovely wee café which has tables inside and out if you are lucky enough to visit on a sunny day like I did! There are also activity rooms for kids as well as puzzles/activities in each room. I just thought it was so well thought out and run. Thanks for a brilliant afternoon out.
  • Really friendly staff and a really stunning building. A little bit of a rabbit warren on the inside though.
  • Excellent outdoor drama. The events are very well managed.
  • A family group of over 30 of us met up here for the day. The staff were superb, and did everything to make our day a memorable one. Newbury is very fortunate to have such a brilliant facility.
  • Interesting historic house and grounds. Look out for outdoor summer events such as plays and films.