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Old Place Yard House, Bicester

Description: Old Place Yard House

Grade: II
Date Listed: 31 January 1952
English Heritage Building ID: 243569

OS Grid Reference: SP5835322245
OS Grid Coordinates: 458353, 222245
Latitude/Longitude: 51.8957, -1.1534

Location: Church Lane, Bicester, Oxfordshire OX6 7AU

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

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Listing Text

3/94 Old Place Yard House
31/01/52 (Formerly listed as "Old
Palace Yards and dovecote in
the grounds, Palace Yard)

House. Probably mid/late C16 incorporating medieval elements, and early C20.
Part-rendered limestone rubble with wooden lintels; Stonesfield-slate and
plain-tile roofs with brick stacks. 3-unit plan with rear outshut, added bay and
linked rear range. 2 storeys plus attics. Rendered 3-window front of main range
has canted bay windows incorporating doors, in bays 2 and 3, and has renewed
2-light casements elsewhere. Steep-pitched roof has a gable stack to left and a
clustered stack to right of centre. Added 3-window section to right is set back
with a lower roof. Left gable wall is medieval with a later gable, and was
probably part of the gatehouse to Bicester Priory; it returns to the outshut.
Rear wall of main range includes a single-light stair window and a small 2-light
leaded window, both with heavy chamfered frames and massive lintels. Rubble
single-storey rear range, parallel with and linked to the main range, has a
steep-pitched tiled roof and casement windows. Interior: massive internal stack
has a splayed ashlar fireplace with a chamfered segmental head, and another
large fireplace behind it, now altered but retaining a large chamfered
bressumer. Heavy chamfered intersecting beams; remains of timber-framed
partitions; butt-purlin roof with large raking struts to the trusses. The
medieval wall is approximately 1.4 metres thick at the base.
(D.J. Watts, A Short History of Bicester Priory, p.14).

Listing NGR: SP5835322245

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Source: English Heritage

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