Building Name

“Hillfields,” Hermit’s Hill, Burghfield, near Reading, Berkshire

1861 - 1862
Reading Road
Burghfield, near Reading
Berkshire, England
Horatio Bland (1802-1876)
New build

The house at Burghfield, near Reading was built for Horatio Bland (1802-1876), Sarah Hutton Scott’s maternal uncle, at a cost of £2961 for the house, stables, etc. The Victoria County History of 1923 described Hillfields as 'a modern red and blue brick gabled house with a slate roof'; Murray's Guide gives its architect as Walter Scott of Liverpool and its date of construction as 1862. Since 1992 it has been used as the headquarters of the Guide Dogs for the Blind Association and has been much altered and extended. Planning approval has also been obtained for the conversion of the stables into a family residence.

Reference    Bricklayers’ Society Trade Circular, No 3 vol 1, 1 November 1861.
Reference    ‘The Seats and Mansions of Berkshire’.