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Description: The Old Court House
Date Listed: 20 January 1988
English Heritage Building ID: 243589
OS Grid Reference: SP5853322434
OS Grid Coordinates: 458533, 222434
Latitude/Longitude: 51.8974, -1.1507
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BICESTER SHEEP STREET
SP5822S (West side)
3/114 No.5 (The Old Court House)
Court house, now offices. 1864. Coursed squared limestone with ashlar dressings;
banded Welsh- and Westmorland-slate roofs with stone stacks. Main range plus
rear wing. Gothic style. 2 storeys, now further divided. 4-window front has the
entrance to extreme right - a Caernarvon-arched doorway within a
pointed-segmental arch with a carved and traceried tympanum - above which is a
carved royal arms, and a single-light window, also with a Caernarvon head within
a pointed-segmental arch. The other bays all have 3-light stone-mullioned
windows with Caernavron heads, the continuous label mould linked to that over
the doorway, and running between carved grotesques; at first floor, are tall
2-light windows in pointed-segmental arches with foliage labels stops, all with
trefoil-headed lights and central roundels. The tall steep-pitched roof, with
crested ridge tiles and 3 triangular dormer ventilators, has large stepped gable
parapets plus a similar but smaller gable over the entrance bay. The left main
gable contains a large rose window below a pointed-segmental arch. Rear has
similar first-floor windows plus a tall lateral stack. Short rear wing returns
on left. Interior: arch-braced collar-truss roof with pierced spandrels, the
posts springing from stone corbels carved with faces and stiff-leaf foliage.
(V.C.H.: Oxfordshire, Vol.VI, p.19; Buildings of England: Oxfordshire, p.456).
Listing NGR: SP5853222433
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Source: English Heritage
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