Calcot Park

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Calcot Park
Calcot mansion.jpg
Calcot Park is located in Reading, Berkshire
Calcot Park
Location within Reading
General information
Status Grade II* listed[1]
Type Stately home
Location Calcot, Berkshire, UK
Coordinates 51°26′41.11″N 1°1′56″W / 51.4447528°N 1.03222°W / 51.4447528; -1.03222Coordinates: 51°26′41.11″N 1°1′56″W / 51.4447528°N 1.03222°W / 51.4447528; -1.03222
Construction started 1759

Calcot Park is a country house, estate, and golf club in the English county of Berkshire. It is situated between Calcot and Tilehurst, suburbs of the town of Reading, and within the civil parish of Tilehurst.[2] It is north of the Bath Road (now part of the A4).


Calcot Park was originally the manor house of Tilehurst manor, and the estate was significantly larger than at present. A forerunner of the present house is thought to have been built by the merchant and moneylender, Sir Peter Vanlore (1547–1627). Later, it was the home of the famous "Berkshire Lady," Frances Kendrick, who married her husband, Benjamin Child, after challenging him to a duel. It is said that when, as a widower, Benjamin sold up to John Blagrave (a descendant of the great mathematician's brother), he changed his mind and the lead from the roof had to be removed to force him to leave. The resulting damage to the house forced Blagrave to build the present house in 1759.[3][4] The house is a Grade II* listed building. [5]

Calcot Park c. 1845 by William Fox Talbot

In fact, Benjamin Child's did not sell the whole of the Calcot Park estate, but retained the easternmost section, where the duel was said to have been held. Here he built himself a new mansion, the centre-piece of what is now Prospect Park.[4]

The western part of the estate remained in the ownership of the Blagrave family for many years. The idea of a new golf course on this part of the estate was initially tested at a public meeting held in Reading on 24 April 1929. A favourable response resulted in a group of Reading businessmen meeting one week later to discuss the purchase of the estate and its conversion into a golf course. It was anticipated that a figure of £19,500 would be necessary to acquire the estate and another £5,000 to lay out the golf course to the design of the famous golf course architect Harry Colt. The main feature of this design is the picturesque lake spanned by the 7th hole.[citation needed]

Initially the house was used as the clubhouse for the new golf club. However, in 1960 it was sold and converted into apartments. The Golf Club had a new clubhouse built within the grounds with the proceeds of the sale.[3]


  1. ^ "Caversham Park (bbc Records), Reading". British Listed Buildings. Retrieved 6 June 2011. 
  2. ^ Ordnance Survey (2006). OS Explorer Map 159 — Reading. ISBN 0-319-23730-3.
  3. ^ a b "Berkshire History : Calcot Park (Tilehurst)". Nash Ford Publishing. 2001. Retrieved 2007-09-25. 
  4. ^ a b "Berkshire History: The Legend of Frances Kendrick's Marriage (Calcot)". Nash Ford Publishing. 2001. Retrieved 2007-09-25. 
  5. ^ "Name: CALCOT COURT List entry Number: 1215858". English Heritage. Retrieved 2 May 2017. 

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