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Belsyre Court

A Grade II Listed Building in Oxford, Oxfordshire

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Latitude: 51.7622 / 51°45'44"N

Longitude: -1.2637 / 1°15'49"W

OS Eastings: 450912

OS Northings: 207318

OS Grid: SP509073

Mapcode National: GBR 7XL.KBB

Mapcode Global: VHCXN.1YSY

Entry Name: Belsyre Court

Listing Date: 7 October 2008

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1392939

English Heritage Legacy ID: 493661

Location: Oxford, Oxfordshire, OX2

County: Oxfordshire

District: Oxford

Town: Oxford

Electoral Ward/Division: North

Built-Up Area: Oxford

Traditional County: Oxfordshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Oxfordshire

Church of England Parish: Oxford St Giles

Church of England Diocese: Oxford

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Listing Text

612/0/10121 WOODSTOCK ROAD
07-OCT-08 57
Belsyre Court

BUILDING: Apartment block with shopping parade and former offices.

DATE: 1936

ARCHITECT: Ernest R. Barrow.

MATERIALS: Red brick in English bond; artificial stone dressings; colourwashed render colonnade; slate roofs.

PLAN: U-plan overall.

FAƇADE: Jacobethan U-plan block of apartments, with courtyard opening onto Observatory Street; classical colonnade to Woodstock Road, providing covered way in front of shops, curving in to centre on shallow crescent plan.
Apartment block has 4 storeys, attic and semi-basement. Courtyard elevations have artificial stone cornice with carved fleurons at 3rd-floor sill level, and gables over canted bays with cornicing and brattished parapets. Artificial stone mullion windows with metal casements and tile vents above. North and west ranges have 3 tiers of balconies between bays, with heavily turned wooden balustrading, built-in terracotta planting boxes, and plate-glass doors behind in wide artificial stone Tudor arches. Similar canted balconies project to end of west range. Main entrances also in Tudor arches, with plate glass double doors and curving handles. Plainer east range with bays on corbels, end to Observatory Street with classical arched doorway terminating return of colonnade. Brick walls and piers to courtyard, with artificial stone coping, caps and Tudor doorway. Artificial stone balustrading, with ball finials, to steps down into court.
Angled gable and bay turn corner into east front, facing Woodstock Road. This has similar apartments above Tuscan colonnade with single triglyphs over the columns, the end bays in antis. Curving shopfronts behind preserve much original woodwork, including plain base panels and frieze with plain paterae over panelled pilasters. Two shops preserve original varnished finish. Plate glazing with top lights. Minor alterations to entrances of individual shops.

INTERIORS: Not seen.

HISTORY: Running almost parallel to the Banbury Road, the Woodstock Road serves as a second arterial route through the North Oxford Conservation Area and provides a major public access. The varied types of building reflect the spread of the suburb northwards, and the changing tastes in architecture from the Regency period onwards.

SOURCES: Anne Spokes Symonds, The Changing Faces of North Oxford Book 2 (1999), 34.

SUMMARY OF IMPORTANCE: Belsyre Court, is a prominent block of apartments of 1936 in Jacobethan style incorporating a shopping parade with classical Tuscan colonnade fronting the Woodstock Road. It is of special interest, especially locally, as a large block, adopting the Jacobethan style and a courtyard plan, and achieving accurate period detail with high quality artificial stone and metal casements. The building also provides a parade of small shops. These have a grand Tuscan colonnade, on a shallow crescent plan, which serves as a major focal point on Woodstock Road. Recommended to be added to the list at Grade II.

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