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Shaw House

About Us

The History of Shaw House

Shaw House was built in 1581 by Thomas Dolman, whose family had made their money in the cloth trade. This fine, Grade 1 listed Elizabethan building was home to successive Dolman families, the flamboyant Duke of Chandos and the Andrews, Eyre and Farquhar families.

In 1943 Shaw House began a new life as a school for generations of local children. However, in 1985 Shaw House was evacuated due to concerns about the structure of the building.

In 2005 a £6 million restoration was undertaken following grants from the Heritage Lottery Fund, local company Vodafone and English Heritage.  The house opened to the public for the first time in 2008. 

Come along to one of the many exhibitions and lectures we hold, learn about the house itself, and have a bite to eat from our cafe.  You can also book the meeting and conferencing facilities we have on-site - Shaw House is an impressive venue to do business in.