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Denman College, Marcham

Description: Denman College

Grade: II
Date Listed: 9 February 1966
English Heritage Building ID: 249659

OS Grid Reference: SU4525896875
OS Grid Coordinates: 445258, 196875
Latitude/Longitude: 51.6688, -1.3470

Locality: Marcham
Local Authority: Vale of White Horse District Council
County: Oxfordshire
Country: England
Postcode: OX13 6NW

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Listing Text

SU4596 (North side)
18/161 Denman College
09/02/66 (Formerly listed as Marcham
House now Denman College)


Country house, now college. Late C18: remodelled c.l800 for George Elwes.
Limestone ashlar; hipped Welsh slate roof; ashlar ridge stacks. Double-depth
plan. Late Georgian style. 2 storeys; 7-window range, of 2:3:2 fenestration with
central projecting bays. Segmental pediment with consoles over glazed door with
decorative overlight. Stone lintels over 6-pane sashes. String course and
moulded cornice: parapet has oculus to left. Right side wall of 6-window range
has 6-pane sashes: symmetrical outer bays have tripartite sashes, with pediments
and Tuscan pilasters applied to lower windows. Rear: central 3 bays, similar to
front, flanked by tripartite sashes each with Tuscan pilasters, plain
entablature and moulded cornice. Interior: early C19 panelled doors, and marble
fireplaces. Early C18 dog-leg staircase to left has S-shaped wrought-iron
balustrade: this was taken from a house in London when Denman College (then
Marcham House) was restored in 1938. Room to rear left: Graeco-Egyptian style
plaster panels, with griffins flanking urns, above blocked door and 2 panelled
doors which flank segmental-arched alcove with consoles: Egyptian-style
fireplace and cornice. A drawing of 1806 shows that the central 3 bays were
pedimented: the parapet was built across the front and the roof lowered soon
afterwards. The same drawing shows the gatepiers (q.v.) with their pineapple
(Buildings of England: Berkshire, p.177; Kelly's Directory, 1854, p.85;
Oxfordshire Record Office, Misc. Marcham Private Records, 1/1 (1818 map);
Bodleian Library, MS Top. Berks. c.57, pl.149).

Listing NGR: SU4525896875

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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