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Strattenborough Castle, Watchfield

Description: Strattenborough Castle

Grade: II
Date Listed: 31 October 1983
English Heritage Building ID: 250619

OS Grid Reference: SU2371792138
OS Grid Coordinates: 423717, 192138
Latitude/Longitude: 51.6276, -1.6588

Locality: Watchfield
Local Authority: Vale of White Horse District Council
County: Oxfordshire
Country: England
Postcode: SN6 7PX

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Listing Text

Strattenborough Castle
SU 29 SW 1/80


Dated 1792 on the N front to the left of the main door above a ground floor window
Built to double as a working farm and a Gothick eye-catcher for Coleshill House.
Rubble stone and brick with dressed stone quoins and openings. The farmhouse faces
its yard to the S, but its N front rises above the dwelling's roofline to form a wall
with 2 castellated projecting sham towers, one square the other polygonal. The
combination of materials suggests either a late C18 sensitivity to the organic growth
of a building: brick additions to an earlier, stone structure or a complete
rehabilitation at a much later date. The whole N facade is punctuated by mullioned
and cross mullioned windows, some blind, others with 9 pane sashes. Other features
include single and cruciform arrowslits, elaborate string coursing and stone arched
surrounds with brick infil. A wall from the main block links it on the E with a
stepped gabled barn. This is symmetrically balanced to the W by another, larger, barn
with a gabled stone tiled roof which is set further back and has a N end with an
enormous sham window of 5 lights, partly ruinous, all bricked in . Below this
'window' is a genuine C11 Norman tympanum and above it, set in brick, the date 1794.

Listing NGR: SU2371792138

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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