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Description: 47, Market Square
Date Listed: 30 March 1970
English Heritage Building ID: 243540
OS Grid Reference: SP5855822364
OS Grid Coordinates: 458558, 222364
Latitude/Longitude: 51.8968, -1.1504
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BICESTER MARKET SQUARE
Shown as No.48 on Ordnance Survey map.
Substantial town house, now offices, 1698 on datestone, altered C19 and C20.
Rendered timber framing with stucco dressings; concrete plain-tile and lead
roofs with brick stacks. Double-depth plan. 3 storeys plus attics. Symmetrical
5-window front, with storeybands and rusticated stucco quoins, has 12-pane
sashes to the upper windows, and has a central projecting 4-storey tower with
similar windows at first and second floors, but with 3 keyed oval windows to the
top stage formed in moulded limestone-rectangular frames, the front oval blind
and inscribed "B/IM/1698". The turret has a moulded wooden cornice and an ogee
tiled roof topped by a ball finial and wrought-iron weathervane. The hipped roof
of the main range has a central lead flat and a wooden modillion cornice which
returns on both sides. Ground floor has a central doorway with a moulded
segmental-arched eared stucco architrave, flanked by small-pane shop windows
built out below a deep moulded cornice (probably all C20). Left side has 2
sashes per floor above a C19 ground-floor extension with a large small-pane
window. Right side has some narrower sashes and some altered windows. Rear has 3
truncated stacks, each of 3 linked shafts. Interior: upper floors of tower
retain a dog-leg stair with heavy moulded handrail and closed string,
barleytwist-on-vase balusters, and some turned pendants. With Nos.49 and 50
(q.v.), forms a prominent group on an island site.
(V.C.H.: Oxfordshire, Vol.VI, p.18; Buildings of England: Oxfordshire, p.455).
Listing NGR: SP5855622377
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