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Dryden House Kennet House, Ambrosden

Description: Dryden House Kennet House

Grade: II
Date Listed: 26 November 1951
English Heritage Building ID: 243395

OS Grid Reference: SP6032019382
OS Grid Coordinates: 460320, 219382
Latitude/Longitude: 51.8698, -1.1253

Location: Church Walk, Ambrosden, Oxfordshire OX6 0UJ

Locality: Ambrosden
Local Authority: Cherwell District Council
County: Oxfordshire
Country: England
Postcode: OX6 0UJ

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Listing Text

(North side)

11/10 Kennet House and Dryden House
26/11/51 (Formerly listed as Vicarage)


Vicarage, now 2 houses. 1638 for Rev. John Stubbings, altered late C17 and
enlarged 1838 for Rev. L. Dryden. Random and coursed squared limestone rubble
with ashlar dressings; old plain-tile roofs with brick stacks. Complex plan. One
storey plus attic and 2 storeys plus attic. 4-window front has the taller range
projecting on the right and a small gabled 2-storey bay in the angle of the
ranges; both have casements in moulded stone surrounds with labels. The lower
2-window range, in random rubble, was remodelled, probably in 1838, and has
stone-mullioned and transomed windows with labels plus large stone-gabled
dormers; a C19 stone porch has a 4-centre arched entrance. A double stack rising
at the junction of the ranges retains diagonal shafts. The right side of the
cross wing has original ovolo-moulded stone-mullioned windows to all floors
including a 3-light transomed stair window, all with labels and leaded glazings
and also has a canted chimney projection and a gable datestone inscribed
"ISD/1638". The C19 range to rear, parallel with the main range, has similar
mullioned windows and gables and is flush with the rear projection of the
crosswing; it incorporates an ancient plank doorway, the 4-centred stone
surround of which may be re-used. This range masks the original entrance front,
2 gables of which face the central valley. Interior: crosswing contains the
original dogleg stair with moulded handrails, heavy turned column balusters and
panelled newels with lantern finials; early C18 fielded panelling in drawing
room plus a large moulded Tudor-arched stone fireplace with a moulded-brick
reredos; shell alcove. Lower range has a plainer Tudor-arched fireplace and
re-used mid C17 oak panelling; early C18 coffered ceiling (Dryden House);
original 4-centred arched stone entrance with moulded surround, label and
shields in the spandrels (Dryden House). C19 range (Dryden House) has a room
with fine late C17 oak panelling from Merton Manorhouse, with elaborate
mouldings and fluted Corinthian pilasters supporting carved consoles. The
Reverend White Kennett, vicar (1685-1701) and antiquary, later became Bishop of
(V.C.H.: Oxfordshire, Vol.V, p.16; Buildings of England: Oxfordshire, p.422).

Listing NGR: SP6032019382

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Source: English Heritage

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