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Description: Manor House
Date Listed: 18 July 1963
English Heritage Building ID: 246442
OS Grid Reference: SP5822001958
OS Grid Coordinates: 458220, 201958
Latitude/Longitude: 51.7133, -1.1587
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SF 5801 GARSINGTON SOUTHEND
11/54 Manor House
Manor House. Early C17, possibly earlier, re-modelled late C17 probably for
the Wickham family. Coursed limestone rubble with ashlar dressings; old
plain-tile roof and stone stacks with brick shafts. Double-pile plan. 2
storeys plus attics. Main range has symmetrical 7-window front (north).
Central round-headed doorway with moulded architrave and plain key-block under
wooden segmental hood supported on consoles has, each side, windows of 2, 3 and
2 leaded lights, all with concave-chamfered mullions and 4-centre arched heads,
linked by a continuous label; similar arrangement above with central
single-light window and no label; 3 rendered gabled roof-dormers with 3-light
wooden casements. Roof rises from a stone eaves-cove and is flanked by massive
stacks and gable parapets with console kneelers and ball finials. Lower 2-
storey flanking wings, set flush, have similar 2-light windows at first floor,
gable parapets to M-shaped roofs and are slightly later. Rear (south front)
similar but with rows of 4 single lights flanked by 4-light windows at ground
floor and by 3-light windows at first floor; 4 irregularly-spaced 2-light
basement windows set in the plinth. Lower bay to left with similar windows of
3 and 4 lights is probably C18. One-storey C20 kitchen wing behind. East
front includes a stone doorway with a rectangular moulded surround under an
oval window. Roofs to main block surround a square lead flat with a central
timber-framed stair turret under a tiled domed-pyramid roof. Interior:
Right of entrance is former kitchen with a very wide fireplace under a
3-centred stone arch. Two C17 oak-panelled drawing-rooms with Tudor-arched
moulded stone fireplaces; with heavily-moulded beams forming a 6-panel
ceiling with a dentil frieze. Upstairs are further Tudor-arched fireplaces,
several heavy door-frames with moulded chamfer-stops and 2 rooms with full
height C18 fielded panelling and moulded cornices. C17 oak dog-leg stair
rising to attics has heavy turned balusters and lantern pendants and finials.
At ground floor the newel is continuous and forms an Ionic column flanked
by 3-centred arches. Attached to the east wing on a walled terrace is a
stone and tiled Italianate loggia of c.1920 by Philip Tylden for Philip and
Lady Ottoline Morrell. The south-facing front has a raised centre of 3 arches
on Doric columns flanked by terms set against rustic pilasters terminating in
scrolls and stone pineapple finials; hipped roof behind parapet; 3 oval
windows in rear wall. The stone-paved terrace is supported by a curving stone
wall with a double flight of steps flanking a central niche with mask set over
a stone basin. Right of the terrace is a pair of ashlar gatepiers with
entablature and pineapple finials. Return wall to right has 2 shell niches
with stone figures - a standing draped female and a nude male with lyre and
quiver. D H Lawrence, Lytton Strachey , Aldous Huxley, Siegfried Sassoon and
Bertrand Russell were all frequent visitors during the Morrells celebrated
occupancy (1915 - 28).
(V.C.H. Oxfordshire V, p.136; Buildings of England, Oxfordshire, pp611-2;
R. Ingrams, Garsington Manor, (privately printed)
Listing NGR: SP5822001958
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