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National Westminster Bank Staff College - Shrewsbury and Archer Wings, Balustrading, Walls, Steps, G, Heythrop

Description: National Westminster Bank Staff College - Shrewsbury and Archer Wings, Balustrading, Walls, Steps, G

Grade: II
Date Listed: 27 August 1957
English Heritage Building ID: 253267

OS Grid Reference: SP3633526444
OS Grid Coordinates: 436335, 226444
Latitude/Longitude: 51.9353, -1.4729

Location: Heythrop, Oxfordshire OX7 5UE

Locality: Heythrop
Local Authority: West Oxfordshire District Council
County: Oxfordshire
Country: England
Postcode: OX7 5UE

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Listing Text

5/86 National Westminster Bank
27/08/57 Staff College - Shrewsbury and
Archer Wings, balustrading,
walls, steps, gates, gatepiers
(Formerly listed as Heythrop
House (College of St. Robert


Subsidiary wings and garden features of country house. 1871 by Alfred Waterhouse
for Albert Brassey; wings partly rebuilt and enlarged 1923 by Romaine Walker.
Limestone and marlstone ashlar; Welsh-slate roofs. Quadrangular plans. 2
storeys. 17- and 18-window C20 fronts of Shrewsbury and Archer Wings, on
opposite sides of the forecourt to the Main House (q.v.), are divided into 2-
and 3-bay sections by plain pilasters supporting a stone cornice, and have
12-pane sashes with recessed architraves. Arched entrances to each wing are
flanked by paired limestone Ionic columns supporting entablatures. 15- and
13-window return fronts, parallel with the Main House, have similar details but
include 2-bay projections marking the ends of the forecourt ranges. C19
remaining sides of Shrewsbury Wing are in limestone: the left side including a
central archway with elaborate iron gates flanked by pedimented projections; the
rusticated single-storey garden front with pilasters between each round-arched
window and a balustraded parapet, and including an arched entrance with paired
Tuscan columns. Courtyard of Shrewsbury Wing has arched windows, stone dormers,
and includes a higher section with a clock in the pediment and an ornamental
weathervane. The garden front of Archer Wing, formerly the C19 conservatory, has
an 11-bay front with Tuscan pilasters, paired at the ends and in the central
section. Forecourt fronts of short arcaded links between Main House and Wings
are probably fragments of Thomas Archer's open screen of 1705. Balustraded walls
enclose the forecourt, meeting in iron gates and stone gatepiers, and extend
partway along the area to the Main House linking with the steps. Similar walls
linked with stone steps enclose 2 Italian gardens on the garden front, continue
around 4 sections of the gravel terrace, in places forming retaining walls, and
extend along both sides of a lower lawn. Balustrading and steps are probably all
19 work. Late-C20 ranges forming fourth side of Archer Wing and continuing to
south are not of special architectural interest.
(Heythrop Park is included at Grade II* in the English Heritage Register of
Parks and Gardens; Buildings of England: Oxfordshire: p647; VCH: Oxfordshire:
Vol XI, p135; Country Life: 28th August 1905, p270)

Listing NGR: SP3633526444

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Source: English Heritage

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