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Asthall Manor House, Asthall

Description: Asthall Manor House

Grade: II
Date Listed: 12 September 1955
English Heritage Building ID: 253558

OS Grid Reference: SP2867311382
OS Grid Coordinates: 428673, 211382
Latitude/Longitude: 51.8004, -1.5856

Location: Asthal, Oxfordshire OX18 4HW

Locality: Asthall
Local Authority: West Oxfordshire District Council
County: Oxfordshire
Country: England
Postcode: OX18 4HW

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Listing Text

17/2 Ashtall Manor house
12/09/55 (Formerly listed as Asthall
Manor with building in garden)

Manor house. Probably early C17, with alterations c.1916, by C. Bateman. Stone
coursed rubble; complex stone slate roof; various stone stacks. 2 storeys and
attic; 5-window main range, towards churchyard, with projecting end bays. Stone
porch to centre, dated 1916 to gable of roof, having plank door. 4-light stone
mullion and transom windows with hoodmoulds to left of centre and to right of
centre. 2-storey angled bays to end bays with stone mullion and transom windows
and battlemented parapets. 4-light stone mullion and transom windows with
hoodmoulds to first floor left of centre, and to right of centre. 3-light stone
mullion window to centre with hoodmould. Cross-gables to end bays and to left
and right of centre, having 3-light stone mullion windows with floating
cornices. Hipped full dormer to centre. Wing to left: early C20, possibly
incorporating earlier structure. Stone coursed rubble; complex stone slate
roofs. Single-storey, 4-bay range ('building in garden') linking to 3-bay
entrance lodge range of 2 storey and attic. Irregular fenestration of windows.
and doors. Interior not inspected but likely to be of interest. History: built
for Sir William Jones circa 1620. Bought by Lord Redesdale 1919. Home of the
Mitford family 1919-1926. Nancy Mitford's childhood at Asthall was her
inspiration for "Love in a Cold Climate" and "Pursuit of Love".
(Buildings of England: Oxfordshire: 1979, pp425-6; Country Life: Vol XCVII,
p1124; "The Mitford Family Album" Sophia Murphy, 1985)

Listing NGR: SP2867311382

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Source: English Heritage

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