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Cote House and Attached Forecourt Walls, Gatepiers and Gates, Aston, Cote, Shifford and Chimney

Description: Cote House and Attached Forecourt Walls, Gatepiers and Gates

Grade: II*
Date Listed: 12 September 1955
English Heritage Building ID: 252080

OS Grid Reference: SP3552502303
OS Grid Coordinates: 435525, 202303
Latitude/Longitude: 51.7183, -1.4871

Location: Aston, Oxfordshire OX18 2EQ

Locality: Aston, Cote, Shifford and Chimney
Local Authority: West Oxfordshire District Council
County: Oxfordshire
Country: England
Postcode: OX18 2EQ

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Listing Text

10/9 Cote House and attached
12/09/55 forecourt walls, gatepiers and
(Formerly listed as Cote
House, with gatepiers, gates
and garden walls)


Manor house, now house. Late C16 origins (left wing); mainly early C17 for Sir
Thomas Horde; late C17 alterations for Thomas Horde. Coursed limestone rubble,
partly rendered, with moulded string courses and ashlar quoins and dressings;
gabled stone slate roof with finials; numerous stacks, including very large
lateral stack to rear of hall, have diagonally-set ashlar flues with moulded
capping. U-plan with parlour and service wings flanking hall. Cross-gabled hall
of 2 storeys and attic, 2-window range, has hood mould over blocked door with
late C17 lunette to left and central late C17 inserted doorway with pulvinated
frieze; early C17 four-light ovolo-moulded stone-mullioned and transomed
windows, and similar mullioned attic windows. 2-storey wing to right has similar
mullioned and transomed windows to gable ends and 2-window range side walls.
Wing of 2 storeys and attic to left has late C16 hollow-chamfered
stone-mullioned windows in gable end, also with 4-light ovolo-moulded
stone-mullioned window to attic, and in 2-window range right side wall; 2 canted
bays with similar windows in left side wall; 2-storey range to rear left has
similar mullioned windows and reset head of mid C13 plate-tracery window. Early
C17 stair-turret to right side wall, and large stair-turret with one-light
windows and pyramidal roof to rear of hall range. Ovolo-moulded stone-mullioned
windows to rear. Interior: hall has early C17 ovolo-moulded open fireplace,
studded door set in arched ovolo-moulded surround to right, and 2 similar
doorways to service wing on left; studded door to stair turret; attic has early
C17 moulded stone fireplace. Service range: chamfered beams and C17 panelling;
roof not inspected. Parlour range: ovolo-moulded fireplaces in front and rear
rooms; early C17 open-well staircase with turned balusters, moulded handrail,
and turned penditives and finials; room to rear has late C17 bolection-moulded
panelling; roof not inspected. Subsidiary features: late C17 limestone rubble
walls enclose forecourt approximately 95 metres x 30 metres; blocked stone piers
with moulded plinth and cornice flank front gateways; similar piers with ball
finials flank opposing gateway near house and scrolled wrought-iron gates with
date 1704 in right side wall. Late C17 cobbled paths intersect the forecourt to
connect the gateways. The stonework throughout is carved with mason's marks. The
Horde family bought the Manor in 1553.
(Arthur Oswald, "Coate House, Bampton, Oxfordshire", June 1946, pp.1176-1179;
National Monuments Record; Buildings of England: Oxfordshire, pp.557-8).

Listing NGR: SP3552502303

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Source: English Heritage

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