Built in 1581 Shaw House was the home of the Dolman family who earned their money as cloth merchants. The buildings miraculously survived sieges during the English Civil War when Parliamentary forces laid siege to the Royalists who fought off repeated attacks.
Regularly frequented by Royals throughout history, like many large country houses it was used by the military during World War II. In 1943 after a local girls’ school was bombed by a lone German plane it became the new school.
Now owned by West Berkshire Council this Grade I listed building is used as a conference centre and Register Office for births, marriages and deaths during the week. It is open to the public most weekends and for special events. Restoration work is on going but with only limited funds available.
We received a very warm welcome by the visitor guides and disabled access is excellent throughout. There is also a lovely café on site.