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Description: Parsonage House and Attached Forecourt Walls, Gates and Gatepiers and Rear Wall with Outbuilding
Date Listed: 12 September 1955
English Heritage Building ID: 252390
OS Grid Reference: SP4142305905
OS Grid Coordinates: 441423, 205905
Latitude/Longitude: 51.7503, -1.4013
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21/306 Parsonage House and attached
12/09/55 forecourt walls, gates and
gatepiers and rear wall with
(Formerly listed as Parsonage
House and dovecote)
House. Built c.1675 for Robert Huntingdon. Roughcast over limestone rubble,
rendered limestone ashlar quoins; hipped stone slate roof; 2 stone ridge stacks
with moulded drips and capping; large stone rear lateral stack. Double-depth
plan with rear left wing. 2 storeys and attic; symmetrical 7-window range.
Carolean style. Doorway has Tuscan pilasters and wood-bracketed pediment hood:
bolection-moulded double-leaf doors with leaded overlight. Flat rendered arches
over late C17 cross windows, with leaded-lights. Coved cornice; 2 hipped roof
dormers with leaded casements. Similar 5-bay side walls, with stone steps
leading to C20 door on right: similar cross windows and cellar door to rear
service wing. Rear service wing of one storey and attic and similar materials:
has similar cross windows, wood-mullioned windows with leaded-lights and
chamfered heavy wood frame to door. Interior: central hall, with staircase to
rear, has bolection-moulded panelling, fireplace and doors; and pictures of
Roman Emperors and pastoral and townscape scenes including view of Whitehall
probably by James de Witte. Fine dog-leg with landing staircase has twisted
balusters. Parlour to right has bolection panelling grained to imitate walnut:
bolection-moulded fireplace flanked by 2 tall narrow panels decorated with
flowers, probably by James de Witte. Selection-panelled rooms on ground floor,
mainly 1920's overmantel painting of the Siege of Paris, much restored in 1920s,
in room to rear right. First-floor rooms each have moulded cornice,
bolection-moulded fireplace, overmantel and doors; overmantel paintings of
Europa and the Bull (over hall) and classical landscape with ruins and shepherds
(to rear right), and oriental birds (to rear left), probably by James de Witte
and restored in 1920's. Service area to rear left of ground floor: dog-leg
service stairs with turned balusters; kitchen has large chamfered stone
fireplace with late C17 spit-rack and hanging carved spice-rack, and part of
late C17 cupboard range. Subsidiary features: limestone rubble forecourt walls,
enclose area approximately 25 x 15 metres; gatepiers with ball finials flank
decorative wrought-iron gates. Limestone rubble wall to rear right extends
approximately 10 metres to small gazebo or shed, of limestone rubble with
pyramidal stone slate roof. History: stands on medieval moated-site. Rear of
house is probably C16 in part. Robert Huntingdon leased the house from All Souls
college, Oxford: James de Witte, a Dutch painter and prisoner-of-war imprisoned
at Abingdon, probably painted the overmantels and pictures in the hall which are
of great interest.
(Buildings of England: Oxfordshire, pp.783-784; Christopher Hussey, "The
Parsonage at Stanton Harcourt, Country Life, 1940; National Monuments Record).
Listing NGR: SP4142305905
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Source: English Heritage
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