Extravagant country manor house and estate owned by the Marquis of Blandford (later the 5th Duke of Marlborough) between 1798 and 1819. In 1819 the Duke went bankrupt and had to retire to Blenheim Palace. Whiteknights was then estate sold off and the house was demolished in 1840. The land was divided into six leasehould units in 1867 with new houses designed by Alfred Waterhouse. Among them ‘Park House’ stands on the site of the old 18th century mansion. (Whiteknights name derived from John De Earley “The White Knight” who had served with King Edward I in Scotland, and owned the estate until 1365). Whiteknights has been home to the University of Reading since 1947.
Late 19th Century entrance lodge formerly serving Whiteknights Park House at the junction of Chancellors Way and the A327 Shinfield Road. Constructed of red brick with diaper detailing and plain tiled roofs. Asymmetrical layout with a pair of gable ends to west elevation, half hip and exposed half timbered full gable. Canted bay window and entrance porch each with own gable to north side with decorative barge boards. Brick chimney stacks with octagonal shape in triple and double combinations.
Second lodge simpler in appearance known as Blandford Lodge. Also constructed of brick with exposed half timbered gables and decorative barge boards. Pair of hipped gables to south side. Central quadruple chimney stack with octagonal shape.