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Vachel Almhouses

A Grade II Listed Building in Abbey, Reading

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Latitude: 51.4523 / 51°27'8"N

Longitude: -0.9759 / 0°58'33"W

OS Eastings: 471254

OS Northings: 173092

OS Grid: SU712730

Mapcode National: GBR QKG.WT

Mapcode Global: VHDWT.1RFH

Entry Name: Vachel Almhouses

Listing Date: 14 December 1978

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1154678

English Heritage Legacy ID: 38804

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 Giles

Church of England Diocese: Oxford

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Listing Text

(South Side)
Vachel Almshouses
Nos 1 to 32 (consec)
SU 7173 SW 2/420
Founded by Sir Thomas Vachel in 1634 and then moved to this site. See plaques.
Rebuilt 1864-67, architect William Henry Woodman. 2 storey cottages in 2 reflecting
rows, stepped down to Holybrook in groups of 4. Vernacular style. Red brick
with grey brick bands and decoration and with stone dressings. Tiled roofs
with crested ridges; red brick ridge chimneys with grey decoration and cogged
Nos 5 to 16 and 21 to 32 : 5 windows, 2 being canted dormered bays flanking
central entrance and 2 light windows with chamfered mullions. Pointed doorways
with shouldered lintels and tumbled brick in arches, strap hinges.
Nos 1 to 4 and 17 to 20: also 5 bays but in 3 staggered planes. 1st plane
has corbelled 1st floor window to street and a bay to front. 2nd plane now
has tower porch with encorbelled parapet, pointed entrance and trefoil headed
side window. This part formerly (till 1957) had a turret over. 3rd plane
has gabled bay. Low screen wall to street with cast and wrought iron rails
and gates.

Listing NGR: SU7124373110

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