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Telephone Exchange

A Grade II Listed Building in Abbey, Reading

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Latitude: 51.4546 / 51°27'16"N

Longitude: -0.9716 / 0°58'17"W

OS Eastings: 471551

OS Northings: 173343

OS Grid: SU715733

Mapcode National: GBR QLG.V0

Mapcode Global: VHDWT.3PPS

Plus Code: 9C3XF23H+R9

Entry Name: Telephone Exchange

Listing Date: 26 July 1973

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1302939

English Heritage Legacy ID: 39082

Location: Abbey, 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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(South Side)
No 41 to 45 (consec)
(Telephone Exchange)
SU 7173 SE 3/13lA 26.7.73.
Circa 1900. Architect Leonard Aloysius Stokes (a Voysey/Lethaby follower who
had married Miss Gane daughter of the General Manager of the National Telephone
Company). His aim was to develop a British style of architecture, free from
revivals of past styles. The building consequently appears somewhat plain.
3 storeys of red brick with stone dressings in an attenuated Georgian style.
Concealed roof. 5 bays wide, the end bays project slightly. To right is door
with cornice and lunette window above. To left a window treated in a similar
runner. Centre 3 bays divided by chamfered piers supporting cornice at 2nd
floor level. Large windows between on each floor, 6 windows on 2nd floor.
Single sash windows in breaks.

Listing NGR: SU7155173343

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