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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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TripAdvisor
  • Although I was there on a day when there were no tours, they were kind enough to let me see one of the main rooms downstairs, where the history of the mansion over time was well illustrated. The exter...  more »
  • Not your usual register office - we got married here and he grounds are lovely for photos as is the staircase and front room with the fire place  more »
  • Well,what a find, especially on a beautiful ,sunny day.Shaw House is in one word, magnificent, especially to an architecture buff like me.The House is open to the public only at weekends and holidays ...  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 cafĂ© 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.