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Description: Watlington Park
Date Listed: 18 July 1963
English Heritage Building ID: 247584
OS Grid Reference: SU7062792550
OS Grid Coordinates: 470627, 192550
Latitude/Longitude: 51.6273, -0.9811
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3/113 Watlington Park
Country House. Built c.1755 for John Tilson. English bond brick; hipped Welsh
slate roof; internal brick stacks. Double-depth plan. 2 storeys and attic;
5-window range. Central 3-bay pedimented block, with lunette in tympanum. Stone
Doric porch with triglyph frieze; late C19 double-leaf doors. Gauged red brick
flat arches over sashes. Ashlar string course; modillioned eaves cornice. 4 roof
dormers. Similar rear elevation and right side wall has canted bay. Interior:
hall has marble floor and fireplace, and architectural trompe l'oeil decoration
by Philip Tilden, 1921. Panelled doors, some set in bolection-moulded
architraves. Panelled rooms to left have finely carved mid C18 fireplaces and
plaster cornices. Drawing Room to right has fine marble fireplace; modillioned
cornice on torus moulding; rococo plasterwork on ceiling wreathed in foliage,
with swans in end panels; Ionic columns at both ends of room. Open well
staircase with twisted balusters and ramped handrails. First floor has panelled
rooms with plaster cornices, similar doors; early C19 marble fireplaces except
C18 cast-iron grate to right. Dog-leg service stairs with turned balusters to
rear left. Watlington Park was sold to John Tilson, son of the Under-Secretary
of State, by the Stonors in 1753.
(Christopher Hussey, Watlington Park, Country Life, Vol.CXXV, pp.81-21, 60-63;
Buildings of England: Oxfordshire, pp.831-2; V.C.H.: Oxfordshire, Vol.8, p.213).
Listing NGR: SU7062792550
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Source: English Heritage
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