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Plough House The Steps, Deddington

Description: Plough House The Steps

Grade: II*
Date Listed: 8 December 1955
English Heritage Building ID: 243936

OS Grid Reference: SP4675031306
OS Grid Coordinates: 446750, 231306
Latitude/Longitude: 51.9783, -1.3208

Location: A4260, Deddington, Oxfordshire OX15 0SR

Locality: Deddington
Local Authority: Cherwell District Council
County: Oxfordshire
Country: England
Postcode: OX15 0SR

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Listing Text

(East side)
8/210 Plough House and The Steps
08/12/55 (Formerly listed as House
[formerly The Plough Inn])
Inn, now 2 dwellings. Mid C17, incorporating late-C14/C15 features. Coursed
squared marlstone with some ashlar dressings and some wooden lintels; concrete
plain-tile roof with brick stacks. 3-unit through-passage plan, now sub-divided.
2 storeys plus attic, partly raised over a semi-basement. Left half of 4-window
front has 3-light C18/early C19 casements to both floors, except in bay one
where an inserted entrance to The Steps has necessitated a reduction to 2
lights. High chamfered plinth contains a cellar window with a moulded stone
surround and a larger window, formerly a sunken doorway. Right half also has a
moulded string which steps up over a tall 3-light casement retaining traces of a
much wider stone-mullioned window. Doorway to left is probably a C18 insertion;
earlier doorway to right, with chamfered stone surround, is now a window. First
floor has two 4-light stone-mullioned windows with labels. Steep-pitched roof
has a gable parapet to left, with projecting moulded kneelers, and has stacks to
right of bay one and to right gable. Interior: C17 spine beams at ground and
first floors with double-ovolo-mouldings; large C17 Tudor-arched stone fireplace
with ovolo moulding; early-C18 stone bolection-mould fireplace with moulded
mantel and panelled overmantel. A roof truss in The Steps, set against the left
gable, may be medieval and has a strutted post between tiebeam and collar. The
semi-basement below The Steps, approached from the cellar beneath Plough House,
is a fine 2-bay late-C14/C15 vaulted room, with deep chamfered ribs and
tiercerons springing from wall shafts with moulded octagonal bases and capitals;
the wall facing the road (now mostly below ground) has the remains of a moulded
doorway flanked by blocked traceried windows. It could be the ground floor of a
small medieval house, but might be a solar undercroft adjoining a hall, now
represented by Plough House; part of a service bay may survive in Mallards
(q.v.). The building was an inn by 1774.
(Buildings of England: Oxfordshire: p572; VCH: Oxfordshire: Vol XI, p86)

Listing NGR: SP4675031306

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Source: English Heritage

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