Foxhill House

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Foxhill House
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Foxhill House is located in Reading, Berkshire
Foxhill House
Location within Reading
General information
Architectural style Gothic revival
Location Earley, Berkshire, UK
Coordinates 51°26′42″N 0°56′32″W / 51.44492°N 0.94236°W / 51.44492; -0.94236Coordinates: 51°26′42″N 0°56′32″W / 51.44492°N 0.94236°W / 51.44492; -0.94236
Completed 1868
Design and construction
Architect Alfred Waterhouse

Foxhill House is a Gothic revival style building on what is now the Whiteknights campus of the University of Reading at Earley, adjoining the English town of Reading. It currently houses the University's School of Law.[1]

The house was originally built in 1868 by the architect Alfred Waterhouse and used as his own residence until, in the early 1870s, he moved into an even grander property, Yattendon Court, which he had built in 1867. In the early years of the 20th Century Foxhill was occupied by Rufus Isaacs, 1st Marquess of Reading, who was variously Member of Parliament for Reading, Lord Chief Justice of England, British ambassador to the United States and Viceroy of India.[2][3][4]

In 1919 Isaacs sold the lease to Hugo Hirst, founder of the General Electric Company Ltd, who in 1934 became Baron Hirst of Witton.[2][4] Hirst lived in the house until his death in 1943. Subsequently the house was used by his daughter, Muriel, and her husband Leslie Carr Gamage until about 1958 when the University gained possession.[5]

Used for a period as student accommodation, Foxhill House was extensively restored between 2003 and 2005, in order to suit its new role as the home of the School of Law.[2] In 2007 the courtyard of the building was refurbished with a grant from PriceWaterhouseCoopers in memory of Edwin Waterhouse, who was both a co-founder of that company and the brother of the building's architect.[1] Foxhill House is a grade II* listed building.[6] The former stables and coach house immediately to the north east, which are now physically connected to Foxhill House, and also form part of the School of Law, are separately listed as Grade II.[7]



  1. ^ a b "Bulletin - 8 November 2007" (PDF). University of Reading. p. 3. Retrieved 2007-11-09. 
  2. ^ a b c "Bulletin - 26 May 2005" (PDF). University of Reading. p. 6. Retrieved 2007-11-09. 
  3. ^ "Sir Rufus Isaacs Has Risen Rapidly" (PDF). New York Times. 1912-06-13. Retrieved 2007-11-09. 
  4. ^ a b Hylton, Stuart (2007). A History of Reading. Philimore & Co Ltd. pp. 182–3. ISBN 978-1-86077-458-4. 
  5. ^ The International Who's Who, 1958, p 320
  6. ^ "1136050 - Foxhill House". English Heritage. Retrieved 2014-04-03. 
  7. ^ "1271248 - former stables and coach house immediately north east of Foxhill House". English Heritage. Retrieved 2014-04-27. 

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