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Description: The Cottage
Date Listed: 24 March 1988
English Heritage Building ID: 133138
OS Grid Reference: SO8116001231
OS Grid Coordinates: 381160, 201231
Latitude/Longitude: 51.7095, -2.2741
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SO 80 SW NYMPSFIELD WOODCHESTER PARK
2/346 The Cottage
Small house, considerably enlarged at 2 dates. C17 or C18;
altered and enlarged 1862 by Benjamin Bucknall for William Leigh;
further addition c1873. Random rubble and coursed, squared
limestone, part roughcast rendered; ashlar chimneys; stone and
Welsh slate roofs. Two-storey with attic; lower 2-storey range at
west end. High Victorian Gothic style. North front: main part of
house to left, 2 full parapet gables with kneelers and finials.
Right gable to projecting 2-storey with attic porch; moulded Tudor
arched doorway, upper floor mullioned and transomed casement and
attic cross window; quatrefoil gable vent; diagonal offset corner
buttresses. Two eaves-mounted chimneys to west side, both with
diagonal-set shafts and moulded caps. Full gable to left with
large rectangular single-storey bay window with hipped coped top
and Tudor arched mullioned and transomed casement; single-window
fenestration above in roughcast rendered part of elevation.
Projecting chimney to left above. C20 fire escape stairs. Lower
range attached to west end with gabled cross wing and game house.
South side: 2 parapet gables to main part with mullioned or
mullioned and transomed casement fenestration, 2-storey canted bay
window to right gable; quatrefoil gable vents. Off-centre
projecting stair tower with hipped roof and tall mullioned and
transomed stairlight with Tudor arched heads; 2-storey flat-roofed
section with coped parapet to right, both these features part of
second enlargement, partly obscuring central full gable with 3
diagonal shafts to chimney. Two-storey rectangular bay window with
mullioned and transomed windows and crenellated parapet set at 45?
on south east corner. Lower part to left with 2 half gables.
Cross wing at west end.
Interior: many contemporary features; various stone fireplaces,
one with monograms of Leigh family. Bold rere-arches to all bay
windows. Many panelled doors and other fittings. Originally a
small cottage, considerably enlarged as temporary residence for
William Leigh while building The Mansion (q.v. Woodchester CP).
Further enlarged by Leigh's son once he abandoned further
construction work on The Mansion after Leigh's death in 1873.
(D. Verey, Gloucestershire: The Cotswolds, 1979)
Listing NGR: SO8116001231
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Source: English Heritage
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