Earlier today (June 24), students, staff and some former staff enjoyed a fascinating talk on the history of Padworth House by Dr David Peacock.  David is a former teacher of Politics and History at Padworth College and also gives evening classes on local history at Newbury College and the University of Reading.  David shared a number of interesting insights and historical facts, including:

  • The name ‘Padworth’ dates back to more than 1,000 years ago!
  • Padworth Church, which is situated on the College campus, is more than 800 years old, dating from the Norman period in English history.
  • Records date back to the 16th Century, when the Littefield family were an early occupant of a property on the site.
  • The Deputy Principal’s office includes wooden panelling that dates from the 17th Century – the era of the English Civil War!
  • 100 years ago, when occupied by the Griffiths family, the property included a Servants Hall, Butler’s Room, larder, Footman’s Room and House Keeper’s Room!
  • Padworth House has been used as a college for international and British students since the 1960s.  The current boarding houses were formerly the stables and include wooden beams from the 15th Century.

We would like to thank David for his time and for sharing his in-depth knowledge of Padworth House and the surrounding estate