Local Listing - A further five heritage assets recommended

Following the West Berkshire Heritage Forum Selection panel held on 27th September 2019, a further five heritage assets have been recommended for local listing. These are:


·      Burghfield Manor House and Little Manor, Burghfield.  The 16th or 17th century core of this building was added to in the Georgian period, in the form of a polite extension, in the Victorian period, and in the early 20th century.  It includes representative architectural features of these periods.  It was the homes at various times of Admiral John Unwin, Sir John Figgess KBE CMG, and Lt Col Stuart Chant-Sempel OBE MC.

·      Job Lousley Memorial Stone, Hampstead Norreys.  Job Lousley (1790-1855) was a caring local landowner and a significant personality in the history of Hampstead Norreys.   He had a large library which was open to his workers and tenants.  His writings included The History of Hampstead Norreys, books on local botany, articles on agriculture, and a glossary of Berkshire provincial words.  The stone was erected by his son Jethro Lousley.

·      Hamstead Marshall Village Hall, built in 1895 originally as the village school, by James H. Money, the notable local architect.  The principal architectural features and fabric remain intact.  A good example of a village hall of that period in good condition.

·      Hampstead Marshall Village Pump, 1880’s, supplied by Lee, Howl, & Co.  Cast iron.  Located beside the Village Hall.  The Public Health (Water) Act 1878 required each parish to provide water to its residents.  Requires conservation.

·      Theale Water Pump, The Green, Theale.  Late Georgian period.  Cast iron, cast in in three sections, seven feet high.  Probably intended to support the coach route from London to Bath by laying the dust after coaches had passed.  Forms a set with similar pumps at Thatcham.  Local listing should ensure that the pump is protected.


A consultation on the proposals will be held shortly by West Berkshire Council and further details can be found here. https://info.westberks.gov.uk/locallist