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Latitude: 51.898 / 51°53'52"N
Longitude: -1.1564 / 1°9'23"W
OS Eastings: 458140
OS Northings: 222499
OS Grid: SP581224
Mapcode National: GBR 8XB.VVW
Mapcode Global: VHCX3.XK0B
Entry Name: Bicester House
Listing Date: 31 January 1952
Source: Historic England
Source ID: 1046489
English Heritage Legacy ID: 243514
Location: Bicester, Cherwell, Oxfordshire, OX26
Civil Parish: Bicester
Built-Up Area: Bicester
Traditional County: Oxfordshire
Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Oxfordshire
Church of England Parish: Bicester with Caversfield
Church of England Diocese: Oxford
BICESTER KINGS END
SP5822N, SP5822S (North side)
2/40, 3/40 Bicester House
Manor house. Early C18 incorporating C17 elements, enlarged and remodelled
c.l780, and altered c.l820. Coursed squared limestone with ashlar dressings;
Welsh-slate roofs with stone stacks. Double-depth plan. 2 storeys and 3 storeys.
Symmetrical 5-window 2-storey entrance front is probably mostly early C18, and
has stone-architraved 12-pane sashes and a central doorway, now sheltered by a
later stone Doric porch. The arched head of the central first-floor window, the
stone cornice, and the balustraded parapet are alterations, probably of c.l780;
at the same time the storeyband was reduced and a second band removed,
suggesting the former existence of a third storey. Returning to right, the
8-window garden front (originally of c.1780) with matching cornice and parapet,
similar but taller windows and a first-floor sill band, breaks back in the 2
left bays which have blind windows; 2 balancing bays to right were destroyed
c.1820. The main section has a large early-C19 tripartite sash below a segmental
arch in the middle 2 bays, replacing the former main entrance and porch, and in
place of the 2 bays to left is a full-height C19 canted section containing 3
windows at each floor. The double-span roof is hipped as it returns around the
entrance range. The range returning to left of the entrance front has 3 storeys
of sashes, arranged irregularly, but appears to contain little of the late-C17
front known from an engraving; the double-gabled rear wall, however, retains one
cross window. Interior: entrance range has 3 rooms with mid-C18 fielded
panelling and dentil cornices; one has a contemporary corner cupboard, with
arched panelled door and serpentine display shelves, and also has a late-C18
fireplace in Adam style with arabesques, festoons and an oxhead in the carved
frieze; the other 2 panelled rooms have early C18 marble fireplaces with
serpentine heads and keyblocks, one with fluted keyblock, the other with fluted
pilasters echoed in the remains of a contemporary pilastered overmantel
incorporated into the later panelling. 2-storey entrance hall has a small
early/mid C18 japanned fireplace, and an early-C19 cantilevered oak stair with
C20 balustrade. Earlier range retains some C17 beams, one with ogee moulding.
Garden range has large high rooms with early-C19 fireplaces, ceilings and
joinery. The house is on the site of the manor house of the Nuns of Markyate;
John Coker purchased the property in 15B4 and it remained the home of the Coker
family until 1978.
(V.C.H.: Oxfordshire, Vol.VI, p.20; Buildings of England: Oxfordshire, p.456).
Listing NGR: SP5814022499
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