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The Old Vicarage, Bicester

Description: The Old Vicarage

Grade: II*
Date Listed: 3 January 1952
English Heritage Building ID: 243505

OS Grid Reference: SP5825522309
OS Grid Coordinates: 458255, 222309
Latitude/Longitude: 51.8963, -1.1548

Location: Church Street, Bicester, Oxfordshire OX6 7AY

Locality: Bicester
Local Authority: Cherwell District Council
County: Oxfordshire
Country: England
Postcode: OX6 7AY

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Listing Text

SP5822S (South side)
3/31 The Old Vicarage
03/01/52 (Formerly listed as The

Vicarage, now house. c.1500, altered and extended probably C18 and 1882.
Limestone rubble, partly rendered, and coursed squared limestone with ashlar
dressings; part-old plain-tile roofs with brick and ashlar stacks. Hall house
with cross wing, enlarged to U-plan. 2 storeys and 2 storeys plus attics.
2-window front of rendered main range has C19 stone-mullioned windows at first
floor; C19 stone lean-to addition to ground floor has similar windows with
lattice glazing, and returns beside the short C19 stone wing which projects from
the left of the main range. Half-hipped front gable end of wing has stone
mullioned-and-transomed windows, and there is a 4-centre arched stone doorway in
the end of the lean-to and a parapetted canted bay window at first floor in the
angle of the ranges. Crosswing returns to an earlier random-rubble range, which
has five 2-light casements, facing left, each set into a stone surround of
c.1500 with wide casement mouldings and labels with deep drops; roof has a small
roof dormer. Rear of main range includes a large 2-storey C19 bay window.
Service range returning to rear from right end of main range is probably C18 and
is partly rendered over light framing. Interior: main range comprises a 3-bay
hall, now horizontally divided, but retaining a fine arch-braced collar-truss
roof, with cambered collars, and hollow-chamfered braces extending from the apex
of the arches down to shortened wallposts; rafters are pegged at the ridge and
the 2 rows of butt purlins are supported on heavy arched windbraces. 2-bay roof
of chamber at right end of main range has a similar structure, except that there
is a ridge piece and the central truss is of "scissor" type, formed from opposed
S-shaped braces. The chamber (or solar) contains a Tudor-arched fireplace with a
wooden bressumer, recessed spandrels, and hollow chamfering carried down the
ashlar jambs. The room below has a ceiling with intersecting moulded V-section
beams and very wide hollow-chamfered joists (the plaster boss is probably C19),
and it has 2 Tudor-arched wooden doorways (one blocked), with recessed
spandrels, one doorway retaining an ancient plank door with original
ironmongery. The cross wing has C17/early-C18 and C19 roof structures but
retains a fragment of an earlier roof with a diagonally-set ridge piece. The
present through-passage from the front door, now opening into a C19 stair hall,
is probably on the site of a screens passage. The hall roof is unblackened and a
wide Tudor-arched moulded bressumer, now re-set on its side in a chimneybreast
below the chamber, may be from the missing hall fireplace, possibly on the site
of the present bay window.
(V.C.H.: Oxfordshire, Vol.VI, p.17; Buildings of England: Oxfordshire, p.455).

Listing NGR: SP5825522309

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Source: English Heritage

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