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Description: Southfield House
Date Listed: 28 June 1960
English Heritage Building ID: 132136
OS Grid Reference: SO8418702559
OS Grid Coordinates: 384187, 202559
Latitude/Longitude: 51.7215, -2.2303
SO 8502 WOODCHESTER SOUTHFIELD ROAD
17/261 Southfield House
Large former mill owner's house, now detached house. Late C16;
additions of c1690, c1750 and late C18. Random rubble and ashlar
limestone; roughcast render; rendered ashlar and brick chimneys;
stone slate roof. Two-storey with attic; large c1690 addition
forms L-plan; 2-storey wing and stair hall on east side. West
front: original 3-gabled house runs forward to left, 1 gable
obscured by c1690 addition. Recessed cavetto and chamfered
mullioned casement fenestration, all with hoodmoulds; two 3-light
and single-light to ground floor with off-centre doorway having
Tudor arch, hoodmould and plank door; three 3-light upper floor
and two 2-light attic casements in gables. Three gables to c1690
main range: symmetrical 5-window fenestration to ground and upper
floors, all cross windows with fine bolection moulded architraves
except central upper floor early 12-pane sash with thick glazing
bars and decorated keystone; central ground floor cross window in
former door position. Projecting cornice above each row of
fenestration. Two-light casements with hoodmould and keyed oval
above in attic gables. South side: gable end of main range to
left with paired 12-pane sashes having thick glazing bars and
beaded architraves under hoodmoulds to ground and upper floor;
single 4-pane attic sash with hoodmould and keyed oval above.
Rear: various additions of c1750 and late C18 obscuring all except
1 gable to main range having brick-rebuilt gable-mounted chimney.
Additions include staircase hall with north and south end gables, 2
round arched stair sashes and doorway with flat porch hood on
scrolled brackets and double 3-panel fielded doors; and projecting
octagonal-ended wing with large 8-pane C19 sash to each facet and
hipped roof. Further gabled block in angle between wing and
staircase hall. North side: lengthened to east upon addition of
wing having two 8-pane sashes with timber lintels in brick wall.
Mixed fenestration, some with mullions to right.
Interior: fine open well staircase with 3 barleysugar balusters
per tread, scrolled open strings, wreathed handrails above double
curtail step, fluted newel posts and matching dado panelling.
Coved ceiling with central rose. Large Oak Room in wing built to
receive Frederick, Prince of Wales, has carved swags and
contemporary fireplace. Oak panelling in dining room came from
Kingscote Park. One of 2 spiral staircases in original house
survives. The elaborate cl750 additions were for Onesephorus Paul
in preparation for Frederick's tour of the local clothing
industries. Mid C18 garden wall stands to west (q.v.).
(W.J. Sheils, 'Woodchester' in V.C.H. Glos. xi, 1976, pp. 294-304;
and D. Verey, Gloucestershire: The Cotswolds, 1979.)
Listing NGR: SO8418702559
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