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Description: Adderbury House
Date Listed: 8 December 1955
English Heritage Building ID: 243836
OS Grid Reference: SP4763335639
OS Grid Coordinates: 447633, 235639
Latitude/Longitude: 52.0171, -1.3073
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SP4735 ADDERBURY THE GREEN
7/113 Adderbury House
08/12/55 (Formerly listed as Adderbury
House with outbuildings and
Large house incorporating parts of a mansion, now an old people's home. C17
house of Earls of Rochester remodelled probably 1722 for Duke of Argyll;
enlarged probably 1731 by Roger Morris; altered for Duke of Buccleuch in 1768,
probably by sir William Chambers; mostly demolished 1808; re-modelled and
enlarged 1891 for J.W. Larnach. Marlstone ashlar; Stonesfield-slate roofs with
ashlar stacks. Courtyard plan. Baroque style. 3 storeys. 6-window south front,
now the entrance front, with plinth, second-floor storey band and a plain
parapet rising from a similar band, breaks forward in the 2 middle bays below a
triangular pediment containing a blind occulus; sashes have semi-circular heads
at ground and first floors, and have segmental heads at second floor. The
central doorway also has a semi-circlular head, and it and 2 flanking windows are
sheltered by a late-C19 stone portico with 4 ionic columns and a heavy
entablature. The outer bays are probably of 1722, the date inscribed on 2 very
fine lead rainwater heads in the form of triangular consoles with scrolled lugs.
Return walls both have plainer lead heads dated 1750, and on the west is a head
bearing the Argyll crest and a date noted as 1724 but now obscured by an iron
band. 4-window late-C19 east and west ranges, with similar windows, are set back
but project a bay either side of the main range; both have parapets which break
into central pediments. East range probably incorporates some walling from the
earlier building. Single-storey kitchen range stands on a plinth containing the
cellars of the early-C18 north range, originally forming the left side of a
3-sided courtyard. The inner faces of the north and south ranges both retain
some early walling. All ranges have hipped roofs. Interior: south range retains
some C18 egg-and-dart architraves, a Rococo plaster ceiling in a first-floor
room, several small C18 fireplaces and the upper flights of an apsidal late-C18
stair with stick balusters and a mahogany handrail; the fine cellars below the
north wing have depressed-arched stone vaults springing from square imposts, and
are 3 bays wide by at least 7 bays long.
(Buildings of England: Oxfordshire: pp416-418; VCH: Oxfordshire: Vol IX, pp7-9;
Country Life 1949, Vol 105, pp30-32)
Listing NGR: SP4763335639
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