Yeomanry House, Reading

Coordinates: 51°27′03″N 0°58′54″W / 51.45096°N 0.98177°W / 51.45096; -0.98177
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Yeomanry House
Reading, Berkshire
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Yeomanry House (just visible in the background behind the wall)
Yeomanry House is located in Berkshire
Yeomanry House
Yeomanry House
Coordinates51°27′03″N 0°58′54″W / 51.45096°N 0.98177°W / 51.45096; -0.98177
TypeMilitary headquarters
Site history
BuiltEarly 19th century
In useEarly 19th century-Present

Yeomanry House is a former military installation in Reading, Berkshire. It is a Grade II listed building.[1]


The house, which was originally known as Castle Hill House, was built in the early 19th century.[1] It became the headquarters of the Berkshire Yeomanry in around 1906.[2] A riding school was built on the site around the same time and evolved to become a drill hall.[2] The regiment was mobilised at the drill hall in August 1914 before being deployed to Gallipoli and, ultimately, to the Western Front.[3] After the war the presence at the drill hall was maintained by 395 (Berkshire Yeomanry) Battery Royal Artillery.[4]

In the 1930s, the divisional ordnance unit for 48th (South Midland) Division was based at the drill hall.[5] Following the defence cuts of 1967, the drill hall was decommissioned.[2] It was demolished in 1995[6] and that part of the site became the Berkshire Record Office in 2000.[2]


  1. ^ a b "Yeomanry House". British listed buildings. Retrieved 13 January 2017.
  2. ^ a b c d "Outline Development Framework: Yeomanry House, Reading: Outline Development Framework" (PDF). Reading Borough Council. Retrieved 13 January 2017.
  3. ^ "Berkshire Yeomanry (Hungerford)". The Long, Long Trail. Retrieved 13 January 2017.
  4. ^ "The Berkshire Yeomanry (Hungerford) at by T.F.Mills". Archived from the original on 15 July 2007. Retrieved 2014-03-28.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: bot: original URL status unknown (link)
  5. ^ "48th (South Midland) Division" (PDF). British Military History. p. 5. Retrieved 13 January 2017.
  6. ^ "Reading". The Drill Hall Project. Retrieved 13 January 2018.