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Waterperry House and Attached Wall, Waterperry with Thomley

Description: Waterperry House and Attached Wall

Grade: II*
Date Listed: 18 July 1963
English Heritage Building ID: 246721

OS Grid Reference: SP6293506286
OS Grid Coordinates: 462935, 206286
Latitude/Longitude: 51.7517, -1.0897

Locality: Waterperry with Thomley
Local Authority: South Oxfordshire District Council
County: Oxfordshire
Country: England
Postcode: OX33 1JZ

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Listing Text

6/201 Waterperry House and attached
18/07/63 wall
(Formerly listed as Waterperry
Horticultural School)


Mansion, now college. c.1713 for Sir John Curson, incorporating late C17 wing:
altered c.1820 for Henley family. Stucco with limestone ashlar dressings; brick;
squared coursed limestone rubble; Welsh-slate and old plain-tile roofs.
Double-depth plan with U-plan rear wing. 3 storeys with 2-storey rear wing. Main
block, with heavy cornice, balustraded parapet and projecting quoins, has
7-window front, the central bay breaking forward slightly, with a large
Ionic-mullioned Venetian window at first floor above an Ionic tetrastyle
balustraded portico beneath which is a double-leaf 6-panel door flanked by
narrow lights set in chamfered rustication. 6-window return walls have central 2
bays breaking forward, more prominently to left. Rear wall includes a 3-storey
bowed section in English-bond brickwork. Tiled hipped roof. Service range to
rear incorporates the earlier rubble house, facing to right, which has a central
6-panel door and short projecting wings at each end of the range, that to left
further extended and incorporating a stone arched doorway of 2 chamfered orders
which may be C14. At first floor in the front and wings are leaded wood-framed
cross windows, and the rear has rows of similar windows on both floors. Left
wing has stucco oval set between 4 fleurs-de-lys which contains the date 1705.
Hipped roof (which is slated at the front and tiled elsewhere, has a ridge stack
to right of centre and a stack on the flush rear gable of the left wing which
originally extended to the rear). Rear hopper head is dated 1799. Interior: Main
block has columned hall leading to stair hall containing late C18/early C19
open-well stair with ramped and wreathed handrail; arched window contains
mostly-continental C16 and C17 painted glass. Back stair has late C17 twisted
balusters and ramped handrail, probably a C18 re-arrangement. Early c18 panelled
room has blocked arched doorway flanked by fluted pilasters supporting an
entablature incorporating the dentil cornice. C17 wing has large internal stack
and butt-purlin roof. Brick and rubble wall runs from rear wing to Church of St.
Mary (q.v.).
(V.C.H.: Oxfordshire, Vol.V, p.296; Buildings of England: Oxfordshire. p,828),

Listing NGR: SP6293706283

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Source: English Heritage

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