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, England
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, the 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]


Foxhill house was extended in 2009, in order to make room for more offices for academics and teaching staff.[8] Several new teaching rooms were also created.[8] The main extension was created between the main house and the stable block. The rear of the building was given something of a 'conservatory', which created 2 new teaching rooms, as well as a small kitchen area. This 'conservatory' can be seen when looking at the house from the east.[9]



  1. ^ a b "Bulletin - 8 November 2007" (PDF). University of Reading. p. 3. Retrieved 9 November 2007.
  2. ^ a b c "Bulletin - 26 May 2005" (PDF). University of Reading. p. 6. Retrieved 9 November 2007.
  3. ^ "Sir Rufus Isaacs Has Risen Rapidly" (PDF). New York Times. 13 June 1912. Retrieved 9 November 2007.
  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. ^ Historic England. "Foxhill House (1136050)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 3 April 2014.
  7. ^ Historic England. "Former stables and coach house immediately north east of Foxhill House (1271248)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 27 April 2014.
  8. ^ a b "Foxhill House History" (PDF). Retrieved 11 November 2016.
  9. ^ See Gallery

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