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A Grade II Listed Building in Abbey, Reading

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Latitude: 51.4569 / 51°27'24"N

Longitude: -0.9692 / 0°58'9"W

OS Eastings: 471716

OS Northings: 173610

OS Grid: SU717736

Mapcode National: GBR QMF.D5

Mapcode Global: VHDWT.4MZZ

Entry Name: Municipal Buildings

Listing Date: 22 March 1957

Last Amended: 14 December 1978

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1113402

English Heritage Legacy ID: 38768

Location: Reading, RG1

County: Reading

Electoral Ward/Division: Abbey

Built-Up Area: Reading

Traditional County: Berkshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Berkshire

Church of England Parish: Reading St Mary the Virgin

Church of England Diocese: Oxford

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Listing Text

Municipal Buildings
(Formerly listed as
Old Abbey Buildings)
SU 7173 NE 1/29 22.3.57.
The Hospice on site of St John's Hospice and Grammar School was built in 1486
and may incorporate some of the earlier building (founded 1196). Turned into
Grammar School. "Restored" by Slingsby Stallwood for the University. 2 1/2 storeys.
Flint with ashlar quoins, dressings and random blocks. Old tiled roofs with
large (1892) skylights and dormers. South front 2+2+1+2 bays - the single
bay a projecting gabled break with 1892 single storey corridor wings flanking
it in matching style. 2 original corbelled chimneys on eaves. Small square
headed 2 light 4 centre arch headed lights mostly inserted during restoration.
To north, chamfered string over ground floor. Polygonal and parapetted stair
turret off centre left with external chimney to right. Small square headed
windows, similar to south side, on 1st floor, 2 to the left and 1+4 to the
right of the turret. Ground floor windows much larger with transoms. Single
storey lobby extension to north-east. Interior: the Tudor arch fireplace,
aumbry and panelled room mentioned in the VCH perhaps circa 1892.

Listing NGR: SU7171673610

This text is from the original listing, and may not necessarily reflect the current setting of the building.

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