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Barford House, Barford

Description: Barford House

Grade: II*
Date Listed: 11 April 1967
English Heritage Building ID: 307940

OS Grid Reference: SP2701360532
OS Grid Coordinates: 427013, 260532
Latitude/Longitude: 52.2423, -1.6058

Locality: Barford
Local Authority: Warwick District Council
County: Warwickshire
Country: England
Postcode: CV35 8DR

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Listing Text

BARFORD Wellesbourne Road
(east side)
Barford House, No 17
(formerly included as
Barford House,
Wellesbourne Road -
11.4.67 Grade II)


Circa 1820. Large Regency stuccoed mansion. Low pitched slate roof, leaded
dome with glazed lantern to central block. Two storeys, nine bays, comprising
five-bay centre block with portico treatment, and two-bay flanking wings. In
the centre portion there are four attached giant unfluted Ionic columns flanked
by giant angle Ionic pilasters, supporting large entablature with dentil
cornice. Central half-glazed door in pilastered doorcase with flat hood
supported on consoles. To either side two late C19 sash windows. Above door
and the four ground floor windows there are five rectangular blank recessed
panels. To first floor there are five early C19 sash windows with glazing
bars. There are flanking wings each of one bay recessed 2 ft behind the
central portion. Cornice and parapet. To first floor of each wing there is a
late C19 sash window in a recessed blocked panel with an enriched lintel. To
the ground floor of the south wing there is a late C19 sash window set in a
recessed panel in which are a pair of attached unfluted Ionic columns. Above
this window there is a recessed rectangular blank panel. To the ground floor
of the north wing there is a projecting tripartite bay window with late C19
sashes, flanked by pilasters supporting an entablature and cornice. There are
further side wings of one bay each to the north and south, recessed 5 ft behind
flanking wings to the central portion. Continuous cornice and parapet with
flanking wings. At the first floor of the north wing there is a late C19 sash
window while to the south wing there is a recessed blank panel. To the ground
floor of the south wing there are two recessed coved niches with two recessed
square panels above while to the north wing there is a late C19 timber and
glass conservatory with hipped roof. To the north-east of the house and
attached to it, there is an early C19 coach house. Interior: The dining room
has an oakboarded floor with parquet surround and an early C19 Adamesque grate
and white marble classical surround. The drawing room has an oak boarded floor
with parquet surround and a mid C19 carved marble fireplace surround in
Louis XV style, with brass mounted inset. In the library there is a Hornton
stone fireplace surrounded by an ornate carved oak mantlepiece depicting the
Last Supper and other scenes said to be French. Between 1924-50 the property
was owned by the Graham family; their son, Alastair Graham, was a good friend
of Evelyn Waugh. Between January 1924 and August 1932 Waugh stayed at Barford
House 21 times. He wrote part of Decline and Fall there.

Listing NGR: SP2701360532

This text is a legacy record and has not been updated since the building was originally listed. Details of the building may have changed in the intervening time. You should not rely on this listing as an accurate description of the building.

Source: English Heritage

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