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Dryden House kennet House

A Grade II Listed Building in Ambrosden, Oxfordshire

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Latitude: 51.8698 / 51°52'11"N

Longitude: -1.1253 / 1°7'31"W

OS Eastings: 460320

OS Northings: 219382

OS Grid: SP603193

Mapcode National: GBR 8XR.Q9M

Mapcode Global: VHCXB.F8YG

Entry Name: Dryden House kennet House

Listing Date: 26 November 1951

Last Amended: 9 December 1987

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1200129

English Heritage Legacy ID: 243395

Location: Ambrosden, Cherwell, Oxfordshire, OX25

County: Oxfordshire

District: Cherwell

Civil Parish: Ambrosden

Built-Up Area: Ambrosden

Traditional County: Oxfordshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Oxfordshire

Church of England Parish: Ambrosden

Church of England Diocese: Oxford

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Listing Text

(North side)

11/10 Kennet House and Dryden House
26/11/51 (Formerly listed as Vicarage)


Vicarage, now 2 houses. 1638 for Rev. John Stubbings, altered late C17 and
enlarged 1838 for Rev. L. Dryden. Random and coursed squared limestone rubble
with ashlar dressings; old plain-tile roofs with brick stacks. Complex plan. One
storey plus attic and 2 storeys plus attic. 4-window front has the taller range
projecting on the right and a small gabled 2-storey bay in the angle of the
ranges; both have casements in moulded stone surrounds with labels. The lower
2-window range, in random rubble, was remodelled, probably in 1838, and has
stone-mullioned and transomed windows with labels plus large stone-gabled
dormers; a C19 stone porch has a 4-centre arched entrance. A double stack rising
at the junction of the ranges retains diagonal shafts. The right side of the
cross wing has original ovolo-moulded stone-mullioned windows to all floors
including a 3-light transomed stair window, all with labels and leaded glazings
and also has a canted chimney projection and a gable datestone inscribed
"ISD/1638". The C19 range to rear, parallel with the main range, has similar
mullioned windows and gables and is flush with the rear projection of the
crosswing; it incorporates an ancient plank doorway, the 4-centred stone
surround of which may be re-used. This range masks the original entrance front,
2 gables of which face the central valley. Interior: crosswing contains the
original dogleg stair with moulded handrails, heavy turned column balusters and
panelled newels with lantern finials; early C18 fielded panelling in drawing
room plus a large moulded Tudor-arched stone fireplace with a moulded-brick
reredos; shell alcove. Lower range has a plainer Tudor-arched fireplace and
re-used mid C17 oak panelling; early C18 coffered ceiling (Dryden House);
original 4-centred arched stone entrance with moulded surround, label and
shields in the spandrels (Dryden House). C19 range (Dryden House) has a room
with fine late C17 oak panelling from Merton Manorhouse, with elaborate
mouldings and fluted Corinthian pilasters supporting carved consoles. The
Reverend White Kennett, vicar (1685-1701) and antiquary, later became Bishop of
(V.C.H.: Oxfordshire, Vol.V, p.16; Buildings of England: Oxfordshire, p.422).

Listing NGR: SP6032019382

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