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Latitude: 51.7476 / 51°44'51"N
Longitude: -1.3988 / 1°23'55"W
OS Eastings: 441604
OS Northings: 205608
OS Grid: SP416056
Mapcode National: GBR 7XM.F5H
Mapcode Global: VHC09.PBWM
Entry Name: The Great Kitchen Approximately 40 Metres South of Harcourt House
Listing Date: 12 September 1955
Last Amended: 17 October 1988
Source: Historic England
Source ID: 1053135
English Heritage Legacy ID: 252408
Location: Stanton Harcourt, West Oxfordshire, Oxfordshire, OX29
District: West Oxfordshire
Civil Parish: Stanton Harcourt
Traditional County: Oxfordshire
Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Oxfordshire
Church of England Parish: Stanton Harcourt
Church of England Diocese: Oxford
STANTON HARCOURT HARCOURT HOUSE
21/324 The Great Kitchen approx. 40m.
12/09/55 of Harcourt House
(Formerly listed as The Great
Kitchen, Harcourt House)
Kitchen. c.1485, with possible earlier origins. Coursed limestone rubble;
conical stone slate roof surmounted by lead griffin. Tower of square plan and
open to roof. Front of tower has hood mould over three C15 two-light
trefoil-headed windows. Gargoyles to cornice beneath crenellated parapet; stair
turret in left corner has slit lights and similar parapet. Offset buttresses to
left; rear wall has hood moulds over two C15 two-light trefoil-headed windows
and over a wide blocked 4-centred arched doorway. Now entered via C15 doorway in
rear wall of Manor Farmhouse (q.v.). Interior: left side wall has 3 ovens, one
with medieval door, an aumbry and a C15 plank door with decorative iron hinges
to stone newel stairs. Wall opposite has 2 screen walls flanking spaces for two
fires. The smoke escaped through 2 rows of six pointed louvred vents in each
bay, still situated under the eaves of the roof, which were regulated from a
passage behind the battlements. Squinches support an octagon which takes the
roof: head corbels in each corner support arch-braced squinch arches with
traceried spandrels and eight arched ribs meeting at the apex; 3 tiers of arch
bracing to purlins. One of the finest medieval kitchens in existence. Formerly
attached to the service end of the medieval manor house, demolished c.1750.
(Buildings of England: Oxfordshire, pp.782-3; National Monuments Record; M.
Wood, The English Medieval House, 1965, pp.251, 253. and plate 20A; Bodleian
Library, M.S. Top, Oxon, for late C18 and C19 drawings).
Listing NGR: SP4160605607
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