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Old Rectory (Estate Office), Sarsden

Description: Old Rectory (Estate Office)

Grade: II
Date Listed: 15 May 1989
English Heritage Building ID: 254092

OS Grid Reference: SP2874022965
OS Grid Coordinates: 428740, 222965
Latitude/Longitude: 51.9045, -1.5837

Location: Sarsden, Oxfordshire OX7 6PP

Locality: Sarsden
Local Authority: West Oxfordshire District Council
County: Oxfordshire
Country: England
Postcode: OX7 6PP

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Listing Text

7/197 Old Rectory (estate office)


Rectory, now house. Early C19, probably incorporating parts of an earlier
building; later additions and alterations. Roughly coursed limestone rubble;
stone slate roofs. Double-depth plan. 2 storeys and attic. Road side has 3
glazing bar sashes to left and tripartite sash to right on first floor, all with
wedged voussoirs. Tripartite sashes to left and right on ground floor with
similar voussoirs and 2 glazing bar sashes roughly to centre, left in position
of infilled doorway with plain stone surround. 3 gabled dormers in middle of
roof slope. Integral end stacks with moulded dripstone and capping, right with
shaft rebuilt C20, Cellar to left lit by 2-light ovolo-moulded mullion window.
Low C19 L-shaped service range attached to right at junction with parallel rear
range. This has former entrance front (course of road has moved) in 3 bays;
glazing bar sashes in plain stone surrounds. Central entrance; 6-panel door
(upper panels now glazed) with wreathed and radiating fanlight under C19
flat-roofed wooden porch with curved braces and trefoils to spandrels. 3 gabled
dormers as on road side. Integral end stacks with moulded dripstones and
capping. Interior. Inspection not possible at time of resurvey (August 1987) but
rear range noted as having early C19 dog-leg staircase with stick balusters to
open string, wreathed and ramped handrail and circular bottom newel. Panelled
window shutters. It has been suggested that this building is the 'staring
house', which Humphry Repton in his Red Book (c.1796) for John Langston, owner
of Sarsden House (q.v.), proposed should be screened by trees. The building
shown in the Red Book, however, has a hipped roof. While it is possible that the
present double-span gabled roof may be a C19 remodelling, the Old Rectory is
situated too far west to be the building depicted in the Red Book, which is
shown immediately next to the stables (q.v.) of Sarsden House, which are in fact
some distance to the west of The Old Rectory. A building on the site and another
near the stables (marked as Farmhouse and The Pigeon House) respectively are
shown on estate maps of 1788 and 1795. The Pigeon House (now demolished) is more
likely to be the 'staring house' referred to by Repton.
(Nigel Temple: 'Sarsden, Oxfordshire'; Journal of Garden History: Vol.6, No.2

Listing NGR: SP2874022965

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Source: English Heritage

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