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Radley Hall, Radley

Description: Radley Hall

Grade: II*
Date Listed: 9 February 1966
English Heritage Building ID: 249787

OS Grid Reference: SU5178299546
OS Grid Coordinates: 451782, 199546
Latitude/Longitude: 51.6923, -1.2522

Location: Abingdon, Oxfordshire OX14 2HT

Locality: Radley
Local Authority: Vale of White Horse District Council
County: Oxfordshire
Country: England
Postcode: OX14 2HT

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Listing Text

9/111 Radley Hall
09/02/66 (Formerly listed as Radley
Hall, part of St. Peter's
Country house, now part of St. Peter's College. Built 1721-7 by William Townsend
and Bartholomew Peisley for Sir John Stonhouse. Flemish bond red brick set on
limestone ashlar plinth: limestone ashlar storey bands, quoins and dressings.
Shallow-pitched lead roof; brick internal stacks. Double-depth plan. Early
Georgian style. 3 storeys; 9-window range of 2:5:2 fenestration. Projecting
outer bays have restored pilaster quoins with chamfered edges. C20 double-leaf
doors with late C18 Neo-classical fanlight: keyed round-arched doorway has Doric
entablature and base (without shaft) sunk into rusticated surround with
triglyph-frieze: segmental-arched sash above has engaged brick columns and
curved shoulders. Gauged brick ground-floor round arches and flat arches (above)
over 6-pane sashes and shorter attic sashes. Plain stone string courses;
console-brackets to deep moulded cornice. Rear: in similar style except 3:3:3
fenestration has central projecting bays: central sash window with eared stone
architrave set above simpler doorcase with brackets to entablature. 5-bay side
walls in similar style have similar pilaster quoins flanking central bay. C18
lead rainwater heads. Cloister walks (q.v.) attached to right. Interior: some
early C19 detailing and late C19 alteration. Hall: C18 panelled dado, late C19
fireplace, early C19 cornice, and early C18 round-arched entries with panelled
reveals to staircases which flank hall. Very fine dog-leg with landing
staircases, with alternating fluted and turned balusters on open string and to
landing balconies: staircase to right is more finely detailed: panelled dado:
landings have tall round-arched entries to rooms and Corinthian-modillioned
cornice. First-floor room to left has early C19 cornice and fireplace with Doric
columns. Ground-floor rear room was opened out in late C19: has late C17
panelling from Merton College, and early C17 panelling and carved woodwork from
Exeter College chapel similar to that of Nick Hall, Radley (q.v.). Room to front
right has early C19 three-bay Ionic screen of the Order of Bassae. Peisley and
Townesend (who had worked for Vanbrugh) were involved in the building of many
Oxford colleges in the early C18; the unusual Doric doorcase is repeated at
Kingston House, Kingston Bagpuize, also by Townesend. Radley Hall was let out in
the early C19 as a Non-Conformist school and became St. Peter's College in 1847:
the exterior stonework was restored after this date.
(Buildings of England: Berkshire, pp.196-7; V.C.H.: Berkshire, Vol.IV, p.410;
H.M. Colvin, A Biographical Dictionary of British Architects, 1600-1840, 1978,
pp.630, 835; V. Hope, "The Architect of Radley Hall", Country Life, Vol.108,
1950, p.237; Berkshire Record Office, P/EPL/L2/1,2 for original building

Listing NGR: SU5178299546

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Source: English Heritage

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