Aldermaston Village in 1819

Village of Aldermaston, Berks
WA.Suth.C.2.408.14 George Shepherd, View of Aldermaston, Berkshire. Image © Ashmolean Museum, University of Oxford

With the help of Beth Asbury, West Berkshire Council’s HERO (Historic Environment Record Officer), we have secured an image licence from Oxford’s Ashmolean Museum to show a painting from the Sutherland Collection at the Museum.

Painted in 1819 by George Shepherd and donated to the Museum by Mrs A.H. Sutherland in 1837, it is a watercolour with dimensions of 25.6 x 37.1 cm.

It looks to have been painted from one of the upper floors of what is now the Hinds Head.

There are buildings shown which are still recognisable today – no 21, the barn at Brook House, Kiln House, the distinctive gables of Tile Cottage and one of the Lodge houses flanking the Eagle Gates.

A  photograph taken almost two hundred years later makes an interesting comparison.


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