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The Abbey, Sutton Courtenay

Description: The Abbey

Grade: I
Date Listed: 6 September 1952
English Heritage Building ID: 251409

OS Grid Reference: SU5026994000
OS Grid Coordinates: 450269, 194000
Latitude/Longitude: 51.6426, -1.2749

Location: B4016, Sutton Courtenay, Oxfordshire OX14 4NJ

Locality: Sutton Courtenay
Local Authority: Vale of White Horse District Council
County: Oxfordshire
Country: England
Postcode: OX14 4NJ

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Listing Text

SU5094, SU5093 (East side)
7/93, 9/93. The Abbey
06/08/52 (Formerly listed as Nos.2
(The Abbey))


Rectory house, now religious education centre. Hall and solar range of c.1320;
rear range probably Cl6; south range probably early C17; with later alterations.
Stone uncoursed rubble plinth, with some brick; render, probably one stone
uncoursed rubble, with ashlar stone dressings; old plain-tile complex roof;
various brick stacks. Double-ended hall house plan with later additions forming
courtyard to rear. Garden front: 3-bay hall to centre with 2-storey,
cross-wings. C19 ribbed door to 2-centre arched doorway to right of hall range.
C19 three-light stone mullion windows to left and centre of hall range. 3-lioht
stone mullion windows to ground floor of cross wings, having cusped lights.
2-light stone mullion and transom windows with reticulated tracery heads to
first floor of cross-wings. Battlemented parapet to hall range. C19 bargeboards
to gable ends of cross-wings. Left return, to north: 2 storeys and attic;
6-window range. Plank door to centre with re-cut stone surround with shallow
segmental arch. Stone mullion and transom windows to right of centre and to
right, with cusped upper lights, having 2-light stone mullion window between
with cusped lights and hood mould. Stone 2-light mullion and transom window to
first floor right with ogee-topped lights. Wood tracery casements to rest of
fenestration, some to original openings with hood-moulds. Rear, to east: stone
coursed rubble to ground floor left and right; render probably on timber-framing
to ground floor centre and to first floor. 2-storey, 5-window central range;
double-height end to left; 2 storeys and attic cross-wing to right. 2-centred
archway to ground floor centre, to passage to courtyard. Irregular fenestration
of casements, except lancet to ground floor right of centre, and casement to
first floor centre with arch-topped light. First floor of central range is
jettied. Right return: roughcast, probably on stone rubble to left; roughcast,
probably on timber framing, to service rante to centre and right. Irregular
fenestration of casements, those to the service range have early C19 Tudor-style
wood casements with cusped or 2-centred lights. Rear of hall range, to
courtyard; C14 two-centred stone doorway with hood mould to left, having C19
glazed door. C19 stone mullion windows. Courtyard face of rear range: brick
plinth; render to ground floor, probably on timber-framing; large timber-framing
with tension braces to first floor centre, close-studded timber-framing to first
floor left, having roughcast infill. Interior: various C18 winder staircases,
some with panelled dadoes. Hall of 2 and a half bays has moulded jointed
base-cruck roof with crown-posts above; C19 dado panelling and fireplace. Ground
floor of north range has unmoulded cross-beams and joists, except for room at
end of hall, which has moulded cross beams. North range roof has 3 bays of
crown-post roof with octagonal posts, having damaged mouldings to top, bases not
visible. Butt-purlin roof to eastern part of north range. 2-centred stone
doorway at head of staircase at first floor of north range, possibly former door
to solar. Most fireplace surrounds are C19 and C20, probably blocking original
open fireplaces, Queen post roof, to south range and to rear range. History:
probably built by William le Breton. Ceiling of Solar attributed to Thomas
Bekynton, rector of Sutton until 1443, tutor to Henry VI and Bishop of Bath and
(Buildings of England: Berkshire: 1975, p236-7; Victoria County History: VCH:
Berkshire; Vol 4)

Listing NGR: SU5026994000

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Source: English Heritage

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