The house from a circa 1905 postcard
The House from a circa 1902 photo
Earlier Houses: There was at least one earlier house on, or near, the site of the current house. In 1227 the Achard family hosted Henry III at Aldermaston at what was probably the earliest house on the site. Elizabeth I visited Aldermaston twice: in 1558 and 1592.
Built / Designed For: Daniel Higford Davall Burr
House & Family History: Aldermaston is noted for its 17th century staircase, one of the few remnants of the original house. During World War II the RAF requisitioned part of the estate and operated RAF Aldermaston there as an airfield. The house and the park were requisitioned for use as a barracks for the Women's Land Army.
John Bernard (J.B.) Burke, published under the title of A Visitation of the Seats and Arms of the Noblemen and Gentlemen of Great Britain and Ireland, among other titles: Vol. I, p. 46, 1852.
John Preston (J.P.) Neale, published under the title of Views of the Seats of Noblemen and Gentlemen in England, Wales, Scotland, and Ireland, among other titles: 2.S. Vol. IV, 1828.
Country Life: XXII, 54, 1907.
House Listed: Grade II*
Park Listed: Grade II
Past Seat / Home of: SEATED AT EARLIER HOUSES: Robert FitzAchard, 12th century; Peter Achard, 14th century. Thomas de la Mare, 14th century. George Forster, 16th century; Humphrey II Forster, 16th century; Forster family here until 1752. Ralph Congreve, 1752-80; William Congreve, 1780-1843. SEATED AT CURRENT HOUSE: Daniel Higford Davall Burr, 1849-85; Higford Higford, 1885-88. Charles Edward Keyser, 1893-1929.
Current Ownership Type: Corporation
Primary Current Ownership Use: Unoccupied
House Open to Public: No
Historic Houses Member: No