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Last Updated: Sunday, 25 September 2005, 13:40 GMT 14:40 UK
Unusual find at King Charles' HQ
David Ford
The Elizabethan mansion Shaw House, near Newbury
An unusual find has been made during the restoration of an Elizabethan mansion which was King Charles I's headquarters during the English Civil.

Workers have unearthed a bakehouse beneath the floor of the kitchen of Shaw House, near Newbury in Berkshire.

Bakeries are usually found in separate buildings because of the fire risk.

But this one was built as a self-contained unit underneath the main building and has therefore remained a secret until now.

The bakehouse is complete with two bread ovens, wall cupboards, and basement windows, and dates back to 1581 when the original house was built.

In 2004 Shaw House was given a 4m award from the Heritage Lottery Fund towards its restoration, which is currently under way.

West Berkshire Council is now trying to find an additional 75,000 to help restore the bakery and open it up to the public.

The Grade I listed building, originally built for a cloth merchant, boasts a royal suite constructed for Queen Anne.

The house became famous in 1644, when the King made it his headquarters during the second Battle of Newbury.

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