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The White Hart Inn, Fyfield and Tubney

Description: The White Hart Inn

Grade: II*
Date Listed: 6 August 1952
English Heritage Building ID: 249560

OS Grid Reference: SU4235698760
OS Grid Coordinates: 442356, 198760
Latitude/Longitude: 51.6860, -1.3887

Location: Main Road, Fyfield, Oxfordshire OX13 5LN

Locality: Fyfield and Tubney
Local Authority: Vale of White Horse District Council
County: Oxfordshire
Country: England
Postcode: OX13 5LN

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Listing Text

SU4298 (North side)
12/62 The White Hart Inn
06/08/52 (Formerly listed as White Hart


Almshouses and chantry priest's house, now public house. Mid C15, built for Sir
John Golafre after his death in 1442. Restored 1963. Roughcast, with ashlar
dressings: left wing, originally timber-framed, is now rendered with main
elements of frame and tension braces exposed to front and rear. Gabled stone
slate roof; tapered external end stacks of stone rubble finished in brick.
3-unit hall range of open hall and service rooms to right, with parlour cross
wing to left. 2 storeys: 4-window range. Hall range: C20 door to screens with
stone surrounds and C20 door to right. C18 two-, 3- and 4-light restored
casements, except two 3- and 5-light ovolo-moulded wood-mullioned windows with
leaded-lights to top right: stone dressings to blocked C15 window which lit left
bay of hall, Parlour wing: similar C18 casements, and blocked C15 plain
wood-mullioned window in right side wall. Rear: stone dressings to C15 screens
doorway and blocked hall window; parlour wing has blocked C15 plain
wood-mullioned window over chamfered stone stair-light in right side wall. C19
extensions to sides of colourwashed rubble with hipped and gabled stone slate
roofs. Interior: restored in 1963. Parlour wing: ground-floor parlour has
stop-chamfered joists, blocked C15 fireplace adjoining exposed spandrel of
mid/late C16 stone moulded fireplace; C16 panelling to rear; stone spiral stairs
with timber treads; first-floor solar has lateral timber partitions with rebated
doorframes under tie beams of 2-bay king-post trusses with clasped purlins and
curved wind-braces; blocked window with 2 oak mullions in left side wall. Hall
range: open hall has chamfered arch-braced roof truss with upper collar, tabled
clasped purlins, arched windbraces and ashlar plate. Timber-framed dais
partition with tension braces set over projecting ogee-moulded dais beam:
timber-framed screens partition set over 2 four-centred service doors with
quatrefoil spandrels to right. 2-unit service area has ogee-stopped beams and
open fireplaces in right side wall: original layout possibly consisted of
screens opening to a buttery and/or pantry to the left of a kitchen. History:
Sir John Golafre who died in 1442, left money for the foundation of the House or
Hospital of St. John the Baptist which maintained 5 almsmen and a chantry
priest, who maintained the chantry chapel in the Church of St. Nicholas (q.v.).
The parlour wing probably accommodated the priest, and the rooms over the
service area the bedesmen. After the Dissolution it eventually, in 1580, passed
to St. John's College, Oxford, who still own it.
Buildings of England: Oxfordshire, p.146; Oxfordshire County Museums, Woodstock,
P.R.N. 9821; Bodleian Library, MS Top. Berks c.55 for 58 photos of White Hart
before and after restoration).

Listing NGR: SU4235698760

This text is a legacy record and has not been updated since the building was originally listed. Details of the building may have changed in the intervening time. You should not rely on this listing as an accurate description of the building.

Source: English Heritage

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