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The Old Rectory, Islip

Description: The Old Rectory

Grade: II*
Date Listed: 26 November 1951
English Heritage Building ID: 243332

OS Grid Reference: SP5273113996
OS Grid Coordinates: 452731, 213996
Latitude/Longitude: 51.8221, -1.2363

Location: The Walk, Islip, Oxfordshire OX5 2SD

Locality: Islip
Local Authority: Cherwell District Council
County: Oxfordshire
Country: England
Postcode: OX5 2SD

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Listing Text

SP5214, SP5213 (East side)
12/90, 13/90 The Old Rectory
Rectory, now house. 1689-90 for Dr. Robert South, Rector, restored 1807 for Dean
Vincent, enlarged mid C19. Coursed squared limestone with ashlar dressings;
Stonesfield-slate roof with ashlar gable stacks. Double-pile plan. 2 storeys
plus attic. Garden front includes the original symmetrical 5-window front with
chamfered rusticated quoins and keyblock arches (segmental at ground floor);
windows all have 12-pane C18 sashes, and the glazed central door has a canopy on
richly-carved console brackets. Double-span roof has a C19/C20 cornice, gable
parapets, and has 2 hipped C18 roof dormers. The 2-storey, 2-window C19 range to
left has segmental-arched sashes and a central glazed door. A lead downpipe to
left of the main door has an elaborate hopperhead with a cartouche enclosing the
inscription "RS/DD" above the date 1689. This is shown on a late C17 engraving,
which also shows cross windows and 3 pedimented dormers. Left gable wall of main
block has a large sundial on the parapet wall, linking the chimneys. Rear of
main range now the entrance front, has a 3-window arrangement of
segmental-arched leaded cross windows, the central window at half height over a
low doorway; the doorway inserted into the right window opening has an old
6-panel door with console brackets to the canopy similar to those on the garden
front; to left of the low doorway is a small oval window. The roof has a moulded
wooden cornice, possibly original, and 3 hipped roof dormers. C19 single-bay
extension to right. Short range projecting on left, and linking to the tithe
barn range (q.v.) has a tall cross window and a doorway with a further similar
canopy. Interior: broad late C17 dogleg stair, to first floor, with barleytwist
balusters; secondary dogleg stairs, at either end of the spine passage, rise to
attics with turned balusters and may be early C18. Oak bolection-mould panelling
of dining room is probably early C20. 3 heavy 4-centre arched chamfered wooden
doorframes in the cellar may have been re-used from an earlier building. The
house was used by several Deans of Westminster who held the living in plurality.
(V.C.H.: Oxfordshire, Vol.VI, p.207; Buildings of England: Oxfordshire, p.664).

Listing NGR: SP5273113996

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Source: English Heritage

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