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Description: The Red House
Date Listed: 30 May 1967
English Heritage Building ID: 306152
OS Grid Reference: SP4170452208
OS Grid Coordinates: 441704, 252208
Latitude/Longitude: 52.1666, -1.3917
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FENNY COMPTON CHURCH STREET
SP4052 (North side)
6/42 The Red House
House. Late C16/early C17 origins, remodelled and dated 1707; early C20
alterations and additions. Red Flemish bond brick with moulded stone plinth,
quoins, and string course and dressings. Old tile hipped roof with wood coved
cornice; brick ridge stacks. Complex L-plan. 2 storeys and attic; 5 bays. Main,
formerly entrance, front has large stone doorway on left in second bay. Moulded
eared architrave and narrow sunk panels, bolection-moulded entablature breaking
forward left and right, and scroll pediment. Sash window inserted in place of
door. 2 sashes to right. First floor has raised brick panel and painted wood
sundial with moulded frame and date, in place of window. Window openings have
gauged brick flat arches with keystones. Rusticated alternating quoins to right
corner only. Main entrance now in C20 wing. Left return side has doorway with
moulded stone architrave. Glazed door and overlight with fan glazing. C20 wood
porch of Tuscan columns with simple, incorrect, entablature and large dentils.
Narrow sash to right. Mid/late C20 sash above. Right return side has C20
additions. Garden front: 2-window main range and 2-window wing projecting on
left, with additions beyond. Main range has mid/late C19 French windows and
loggia with octagonal brick pillars and tile lean-to roof. First floor has sash,
and early C20 leaded cross window on right. 2 hipped roofs. Wing stands on high
limestone ashlar cellar with chamfered single light. Ground floor has early C20
four-light leaded wood-mullioned and transomed oriel with tile roof. First floor
has sashes. Hipped roof. Roof dormer has casement with glazing bars. First floor
openings throughout have gauged brick flat arches. Early C20 range has sashes.
Interior; room with wide open fireplace with stop-chamfered bressumer. Early C20
fireplace inside it has overmantel of imported C17 wood panels and pilasters.
Wall above fireplace has 2 late C16/early C17 plaster caryatids. Jacobean
plaster ceiling divided into 2 compartments by decorated central beam.
Compartments have rope work panels with vase of flowers at each corner and
central roundels containing rose motif. Running vine cornice, interrupted by
windows. Open well staircase has twisted balusters. Fielded 2-panelled doors
with H-hinges. Room with cupboards said to have been for wigs. The house is said
to have been built as a rectory.
(Buildings of England: Warwickshire, pp.293-294).
Listing NGR: SP4170452208
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Source: English Heritage
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