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Bearwood (Bear Wood)

  • Built / Designed For: John Walter, III

    House & Family History: The Estate of Bearwood was purchased by John Walter, II, owner of "The Times," circa 1830. His son, John Walter, III, engaged Robert Kerr to build the existing house, starting in 1865 (Kerr won the commission on the strength of his popular manual of domestic design, "The Gentleman's House"). Bearwood is of red brick with stone dressings in the Jacobean style. The woodwork used in the interior was made in private workshops on the Estate, as was the brick, which was dug and baked onsite. Bearwood also had its own gas plant.

    Comments: Pevsner called Bearwood "the epitome of High Victorian domestic planning."

  • Garden & Outbuildings: The original Estate was 7,500 acres and included the villages of Finchampstead, Sindlesham, and Barkham. The lake to the south of the House is over 40 acres.

    Chapel & Church: A red brick Chapel, built 1934-35, and designed by Sir Herbert Baker, today serves the College.

  • Architect: Robert Kerr

    Date: 1864-70
    Designed: House

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    Architect: Herbert Baker

    Date: 1934-35
    Designed: Chapel

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  • Title: Lasting Elegance: English Country Houses, 1830-1900
    Author: Hall, Michael
    Year Published: 2009
    Reference: pg. 17
    Publisher: New York: The Monacelli Press
    ISBN: 9781580932561
    Book Type: Hardback

    Title: Victorian: The Magazine of The Victorian Society, The
    Author: NA
    Year Published: NA
    Reference: Jul 2006, Summary Annual Report, pg. 2
    Publisher: London: The Victorian Society
    ISBN: 14677970
    Book Type: Magazine

    Title: Buildings of England: Berkshire, The
    Author: Pevsner, Nikolaus
    Year Published: 1966
    Publisher: London: Penguin Books
    ISBN: NA
    Book Type: Hardback

  • House Listed: Grade II*

    Park Listed: Grade II

  • "The Sweeney" (1975 - TV series, episode 1.3, "Thin Ice," as Gerald Bishop's mansion, where Pringle questions Moose). "Soldier Soldier" (1997 - TV series 7, as the parade ground and officers' mess). "Midsomer Murders" (2002 - TV series, episode 5.4, "Murder on St. Malley's Day," as Devington School). "Midsomer Murders" (2011 - TV series, as Darnley Park Girls School in the episode "Death in the Slow Lane").
  • Past Seat / Home of: John Walter, 19th century.

    Current Ownership Type: School

    Primary Current Ownership Use: School

    Ownership Details: Today Reddam House Berkshire, a co-educational, independent school (formerly Bearwood College, Royal Merchant Navy School).

  • House Open to Public: No

    Phone: 01189-748-300

    Fax: 01189-773-186

    Email: reception@reddamhouse.org.uk

    Website: http://reddamhouse.org.uk

    Historic Houses Member: No