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Description: Kirtlington Park
Date Listed: 26 November 1951
English Heritage Building ID: 243429
OS Grid Reference: SP5082219833
OS Grid Coordinates: 450822, 219833
Latitude/Longitude: 51.8748, -1.2632
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16/44 Kirtlington Park
Country house. 1742-6 by William Smith and John Sanderson for Sir James
Dashwood; interior decoration completed mid C19. Limestone ashlar. Double-depth
central block linked to square pavilions by low corridors turning through ninety
degrees. Palladian style; 9- by 6-window central block has an engaged tetrastyle
Ionic portico with a richly-carved triangular pediment flanked by a balustraded
parapet and modillion cornice; the architraved windows have alternating
segmental and triangular pediments above tall 15-pane sashes, in the piano
nobile, and have 12-pane sashes at second floor. The wide balustraded double
staircase rises above a rusticated basement. At the rear the windows of the
piano nobile have triple-stepped keyblocks below floating cornices, and the
central window has a pilastered surround supporting a Gibbsian arch; the central
bays break forward below a second triangular pediment and above a double
staircase of a different configuration. The flanking corridors contain
pedimented doorways and niches. The 5- by 5-window pavilions also have pediments
over the middle 3 bays, and their roofs bear cupolas. Interior not inspected but
notable for the rich Palladian decoration of the hall and the Rococo interior of
the library (stucco work attributed to Roberts of Oxford), and the painted
decoration of the Monkey Room by J.F. Clermont. The Rococo decoration of the
dining room was removed in 1931 to New York. The house is set in a park
landscaped by Capability Brown.
Listing NGR: SP5082219833
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Source: English Heritage
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