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Description: Greys Court
Date Listed: 24 October 1951
English Heritage Building ID: 247143
OS Grid Reference: SU7248283417
OS Grid Coordinates: 472482, 183417
Latitude/Longitude: 51.5450, -0.9562
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6/121 Greys Court
24/10/51 (Formerly listed as Greys
Court including Batchelors
Hall, the Well House and
Towers NE, NW and SW of house)
Country House. C14 with late C16 front, C18 interiors, C19 and C20 alterations.
Flint with brick banding, especially to cross-gables: plain old tile roof;
brick stacks. Double-depth plan with wing to rear. 2 storeys and attic; 3-bay
range. Central studded door with plain stone arched surround, flanked by C19
2-light stone mullioned windows. C20 stone mullioned and transom windows of 5
lights to left and right. 2 stone cross-windows with flattened arches to top
lights to centre first floor. 3-light stone mullion and transom windows with
flattened arches to left and right on first floor. Single casement windows to
left and right of centre. 3 parapeted cross gables to roof with one 2-light
mullioned window to each cross gable. Right return: Half oval 2-storey stone
bay to left; rusticated to ground floor, ashlar above with crenellated parapet.
3 round-headed sashes to each floor. Three 12-pane sashes with Gibbs surrounds
to ground floor right. Three 6-pane sashes with shouldered architraves to
first floor. Single 6-pane sash with shouldered architrave to cross gable to
right. Left return: Gabled brick porch, probably C17 with 2 round brick arches
to ground floor and brick oriel window to first floor with stone mullion and
transom window. 4-light mullioned window to ground-floor right. C17 panel
tracery window to first floor right with 3-light mullioned window to gable
above. Rear: Irregular projections of various dates; irregular fenestration;
gabled roof. Interior: Central hall to front, square plan with patterned
stone floor; round-headed panelled double doors to staircase hall flanked by
single doric pilasters to wood surround, with glazed niches to left and right.
Plaster-work ceiling with eagles bearing palms, in relief, to corners. Dining
room to left of hall has Georgian fireplace and bracketted cornice to ceiling.
Drawing room to right of hall: Fine rococo plaster work, probably by Thomas
Roberts of Oxford, circa 1750, with swags of fruit and flowers to walls; conch
shells with fruit and flowers to spandrels of bay window; bracketted cornice
to ceiling; good contemporary fireplace of key-pattern frieze and entablature
supported on Ionic columns. Staircase hall, behind entrance hall, has C18
pine dog-leg staircase with landing. Kitchen, to left of staircase hall has
blocked probably C15 fireplace and a walled-up buttery doorway flanked by 2
recesses. First floor: Main bedroom, above dining room, has C15/16 fireplace
and ornamental plaster ceiling and frieze. History: Licence to crenellate
granted in 1347 to Sir John de Grey. Passed to the Crown in 1485. Granted to
Robert Knollys by letters patent in 1514. Sold to William Paul of Braywick in
Berkshire in 1686. William's daughter Catherine married Sir William Stapleton
Bt. in 1724. Alterations to Drawing Room, possibly by Henry Keene of Oxford.
(Buildings of England : Oxfordshire, p.735-7; Greys Court, National Trust
Listing NGR: SU7248283417
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