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Description: Britwell House and Attached Walls and Coach House
Date Listed: 18 July 1963
English Heritage Building ID: 247473
OS Grid Reference: SU6677792455
OS Grid Coordinates: 466777, 192455
Latitude/Longitude: 51.6270, -1.0367
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2/2 Britwell House and attached
18/07/63 walls and coach house
(Formerly listed as Britwell
Country house. Dated 1728 on rainwater head. Probably by William Townsend for
Sir Edward Simeon: chapel of 1767-9 by Sir Edward Simeon. Flemish bond red brick
with limestone quoins and dressings; side walls of grey brick with red brick
bands and dressings. Welsh slate roof, copper roof over chapel; brick stacks.
Central block linked by quadrant wings to flanking pavilions: chapel to rear
left. Early Georgian style. 2 storeys and attic; 4-bay range with pedimented
central bays having lunette in tympanum. Steps with urns to doorway: panelled
double doors set in moulded stone architrave with carved stone brackets to
moulded flat hood. Segmental-arched moulded shouldered architraves to 6-pane
sashes with thick glazing bars. Moulded stone plinth course and bold cornice;
raised chamfered quoins. Hipped roof; end and internal stacks. Pedimented roof-
dormers in side walls. Quadrant wings have early C20 first-floors, C20 extension
to left, and gauged brick flat arches over sashes and 2 panelled doors. 2-storey
pavilion to right has 5-bay inner side wall and 3-bay front wall, similar arches
over sashes and 2-panelled door; hipped Welsh slate roof with ridge stack.
Similar pavilion to left has carriage entry with moulded brick and stone round
arches. Chapel to rear left has pedimented doorway. Interior: panelled doors.
Hall has keyed round-arched doorways flanking shell niche and Baroque fireplace
with satyrs masks and scrolled pediment embracing a plasterwork vase of flowers,
bold triglyph frieze, and pedimented Doric doorway to rear rooms which have mid
C18 fireplaces. Fine cantilevered dog-leg staircase to right of hall has twisted
balusters. Corinthian newel posts and panelled dado with Corinthian pilasters.
Dog-leg stairs to left have turned balusters. Panelled room of c.1767-9 connects
to chapel; panelled dado, fine plasterwork panels over pedimented doorcases and
round-headed niche, coupled Corinthian columns to fine modillioned cornice and
magnificent plaster ceiling "with acanthus scrolls, garlands, urns and cherubs
supporting a chalice" (Pevsner). First floor has panelled rooms, and landing
with fine plaster cornice leading to T-shaped panelled room with Ionic pilasters
and round-headed, pedimented and segmental-pedimented doorcases. Subsidiary
features: flanking walls to front with brick piers to plank double doors
attached on left to early C19 brick coachhouse with 3 round-arched doorways and
C20 pantile roof surmounted by bell cupola. The Simeons were a Catholic family:
the poor Clares of Aire in Artois, fled the French Revolution and stayed here
from 1789 to 1813.
(Buildings of England: Oxfordshire, pp.486-7; 6. Jackson-Stops, "Britwell
Salome, Oxfordshire", Country Life, 1972, pp.810-814, 883-887; V.C.H.:
Oxfordshire, Vol.VIII, p.44).
Listing NGR: SU6677792455
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Source: English Heritage
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