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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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  • Wonderful setting to experience our first outdoor cinema.. our ticket included free popcorn and drink.. Be sure to take a blanket, your own snacks/meal and drinks although pop up bar available Would c...  more »
  • This is a lovely place to visit - the house is really interesting and entrance is free. The team of volunteers are friendly, helpful and informative. But what I like the best is the outside performanc...  more »
  • Went there for a wedding ceremony. The venue is beautiful and the ceremony was lovely. It was a hot day so the room had 2 Windows open but the next wedding party was waiting outside and was very loud ...  more »

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