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Wittingdon

A Grade II* Listed Building in Medmenham, Buckinghamshire

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Coordinates

Latitude: 51.5527 / 51°33'9"N

Longitude: -0.8173 / 0°49'2"W

OS Eastings: 482095

OS Northings: 184414

OS Grid: SU820844

Mapcode National: GBR D60.Q5L

Mapcode Global: VHDWH.S78K

Entry Name: Wittingdon

Listing Date: 24 November 1976

Last Amended: 8 January 1987

Grade: II*

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1125557

English Heritage Legacy ID: 47033

Location: Medmenham, Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, SL7

County: Buckinghamshire

District: Wycombe

Civil Parish: Medmenham

Traditional County: Buckinghamshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Buckinghamshire

Church of England Parish: Medmenham

Church of England Diocese: Oxford

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Listing Text

MEDMENHAM HENLEY ROAD
SU 88 SW
(WITTINGTON)
8/150 Wittington (formerly listed
as Salvation Army Eventide
Home)
24.11.76
GV II*
Former mansion, in process of conversion to offices 1985. Dated by
latin inscription on frieze as built in 1898 and enlarged in 1909.
By Sir Reginald Blomfield for Hudson Ewbanke Kearley, Lord Devonport,
founder of International Stores. Red brick, Ham stone dressings,
moulded wooden eaves cornice with modillions, hipped roof of
Westmorland slate. Brick chimneys with stone caps, and stone keyblocks
and imposts to arched recessed panels. In William and Mary style.
2 storeys, attic and cellars. N. front has 11 bays arranged in shallow
E-plan with 2-bay flanking wings and slightly advanced 3-bay centre-
piece. Chamfered stone quoins, flush plinth band, raised first-floor
band course. 3-pane sash windows with gauged brick heads and keystones
the first floor windows with stone aprons. Aprons of wings and centre-
piece have carved fruit festoons. Pedimented dormers with paired
leaded casements. Centre-piece takes form of blind pedimented portico
with attached Ionic pilasters and entablature. Sashes within portico
have shouldered architrave surrounds with keyblocks. Central 4-pane
sash and door have similar surrounds with husk drops, the door with
open segmental pediment containing elaborate shield with Devonport
cipher and festoons. Lunette in pediment. Central octagonal wooden
cupola with leaded lights, domed copper roof and wooden ball finial.
Attached to right end of house is a brick screen wall with pair of gate-
piers. This masks single storey service wing which has 6 bays of tripartite
sashes, central louvred turret with ogee lead roof, and pair of gate piers
at far end. S. front to garden, has 9 bays with sashes and dressings
similar to N. front. Pedimented centre-piece has 3 first-floor sashes
with voussoirs and festooned aprons, over in-set loggia with 4 Ionic columns.
Round window in pediment with carved foliage surround and drops. Flanking
bays have 2-storey canted bay windows. Outer bays are set back. E. front
has 2 external chimneys with knapped flint and stone chequers. W. front
has fine stone doorcase with banded rustication, Ionic columns, open
segmental pediment, and scrolls flanking sash above. Interior: part
in Jacobethan style, notably the long ground floor room in E. wing and
the S.W. ground floor room with bay window. Both are panelled and have
richly carved wooden overmantels to fireplaces; the latter room also has
Jacobethan plasterwork with foliage scrolls and grotesques to frieze and
soffits of beams. Other rooms have C18-style panelling and bolection
moulded fireplaces, the hall with central screen of 2 Ionic columns,
pedimented doorcases, and 2 oval windows in festoon surrounds. Open-well
staircase with turned balusters.
Building undergoing extensive restoration and redecoration at time of
survey, 1985.


Listing NGR: SU8209584414

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