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Description: St Frideswides Farmhouse
Date Listed: 26 November 1951
English Heritage Building ID: 243274
OS Grid Reference: SP5072711266
OS Grid Coordinates: 450727, 211266
Latitude/Longitude: 51.7978, -1.2658
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GOSFORD AND WATER EATON A43
SP51SW (East side)
6/37 St. Frideswides Farmhouse
Farmhouse, now house. C16, possibly altered C17; extended C20. Limestone rubble
with ashlar dressings; Stonesfield-slate roof with brick stacks. 3-unit
through-passage plan with rear wing, extended. 2 storeys. Front has, to right of
centre, a moulded stone doorway with a 4-centred arch within a rectangular
surround; to right is a 5-light stone mullioned-and-transoaed window with label;
to left a 5-light mullioned window with label, a blocked doorway with heavy
wooden lintel, and a 3-light mullioned window with render label. At first floor
are 4-light mullioned windows, to left and centre, plus a small window with
label above the main door. Right end wall has a second 5-light
mullioned-and-transomed window, and has a 4-light window above without its
mullions. All have concave chamfers and leaded glazing, including some old
diamond quarries. Hipped roof has stacks at the left end and to rear of the
right unit rising from a large stone projection with sloping weatherings.
Central hipped-roof rear wing, possibly originally containing the stair, has a
3-light ovolo-moulded wood-mullioned window, and is now flanked by a C20 wing
and a C17/C18 lean-to extension returning from the right end. Interior: right
end contains the through passage and a double-ovolo-moulded wooden doorway with
carved vase stops. This leads to a fine room containing C17 oak panelling below
a strapwork frieze, plus a large C16 stone 4-centre arched fireplace with
recessed spandrels and moulded cornice below a contemporary carved wooden
overmantel with 3 arched panels separated by caryatids. The room may originally
have incorporated the through passage. The chamber above (now subdivided) has a
plainer Tudor-arched fireplace with similar moulded cornice. Ground-floor rooms
to left of the passage have lower ceilings with heavy chamfered beams. A heavy
studded rear door is now internal. The moulded wooden doorway is similar to 2 at
Water Eaton Manorhouse (q.v.) nearby. Occupied in late C16 by Lenthall family.
(V.C.H.: Oxfordshire, Vol.12 (to be published)).
Listing NGR: SP5072711266
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Source: English Heritage
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