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Great Western House

A Grade II Listed Building in Abbey, Reading

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Latitude: 51.4577 / 51°27'27"N

Longitude: -0.9719 / 0°58'18"W

OS Eastings: 471524

OS Northings: 173692

OS Grid: SU715736

Mapcode National: GBR QLD.SW

Mapcode Global: VHDWT.3MJD

Entry Name: Great Western House

Listing Date: 26 July 1973

Last Amended: 14 December 1978

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1113591

English Heritage Legacy ID: 39193

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

(East Side)
Great Western House
(Formerly listed as
Former Great Western
SU 7173 NE 1/582 26.7.73.
One of the 1st Railway Hotels in Britain. 1844 Italianate. 3 storeys and
basement. Stucco with rusticated quoins. Ground floor channelled. 5x3 bays
divided by pilasters supporting an entablature and boldly projecting modillion
cornice. Glazing bar sash windows with architraves. Balustraded balcony, frieze
and cornice to 1st floor windows, centre with pediment. 2nd floor windows
with bracket cornice. Central projecting portico with full Doric order and
paired columns. 2 bay canted extension to right in matching style. North
front has central bowed 3 light bay with cornice over on ground floor. High
panelled parapet over cornice. Later 4 storey extension to left with carriage
entry. Moulded coping to parapet. 2+1 bays. Modern extension to south. Similarities with Royal Station Hotel at Slough suggest I K Brunel as architect or one of his assistants. Balustraded area to street with heavy balusters. Curved to station approach corner.

Listing NGR: SU7152473692

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