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Foxhill House, Berkshire, England

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  • Rufus Isaacs, 1st Marquess of Reading (1860 - 1935)
    Rufus Daniel Isaacs, 1st Marquess of Reading, GCB GCSI GCIE GCVO PC KC (10 October 1860 – 30 December 1935), was an English lawyer, jurist and politician. Lord Reading was the last Liberal Foreign Se...
  • Alice Edith, Marchioness of Reading, GBE (c.1866 - 1930)
    Marchioness of Reading, G.B.E., C.I. She was the first wife of Rufus Isaacs, 1st Marquess of Reading, and the daughter of Albert Cohen, a merchant in the City of London. She became Baroness Reading on ...
  • Alfred Waterhouse, R.A., L.L.D. (1830 - 1905)
    Alfred Waterhouse (19 July 1830 – 22 August 1905) was a British architect, particularly associated with the Victorian Gothic Revival architecture. He is perhaps best known for his design for the Natu...

Foxhill House, Berkshire, England

Foxhill House is located in on Foxhill Drive in Whiteknights park, the grounds of Reading University in Earley. It is an excellent example of Late Victorian Gothic Revival being the masterpiece of Alfred Waterhouse who built it in 1868 for himself. The Old Whiteknights House nearby was also built b Waterhouse for his father. This is not just a red brick house, so typical in Reading (called 'Auld Brickham by Thomas Hardy in his ' Wessex Novels') but also features red carved brick details and beautiful stain glass windows.

by 1871 Waterhouse was living in Sonning on Thames and Foxhill House was occupied by Charles West and his wife who were still here in 1881.

Liberal MP for Reading and later the 1st. Marquess of Reading Rufus Daniel Isaacs also lived at Foxhill House. Isaacs married Alice Edith Cohen in 1887. Lady Reading was a chronic invalid, who eventually died of cancer a year after Reading's viceroyalty ended. He then married Stella Charnaud, the first Lady Reading's secretary.

(source:© Stephen B. Cox)