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Latitude: 51.7264 / 51°43'34"N
Longitude: -1.4117 / 1°24'42"W
OS Eastings: 440729
OS Northings: 203234
OS Grid: SP407032
Mapcode National: GBR 6WG.PX6
Mapcode Global: VHC09.HV1Y
Entry Name: Gaunt House
Listing Date: 12 September 1955
Source: Historic England
Source ID: 1048951
English Heritage Legacy ID: 252330
Location: Standlake, West Oxfordshire, Oxfordshire, OX29
District: West Oxfordshire
Civil Parish: Standlake
Traditional County: Oxfordshire
Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Oxfordshire
Church of England Parish: Standlake
Church of England Diocese: Oxford
11/246 Gaunt House
House. Early C17, with earlier (possibly late medieval) origins; C18 and later
alterations. Coursed limestone rubble; hipped roof, surmounted by reset carved
figure, of stone slates to front and concrete tiles to rear; stone ridge stack
to left, and large offset rear lateral stone stack. 2-storey hall range with
flanking cross wings which enclose 3 sides of rear courtyard. 2 storeys;
5-window range. Early C17 chamfered stone doorway, with 4-centred arch and
chamfered imposts, to right of central hall range: ancient studded door of
lapped planks with strap hinges. Concrete lintels over C18 three-light leaded
first-floor casements, and C19 transomed 3-light windows with runners to iron
opening lights; outshut and timber lintels over C20 casements to right of door.
Rear right wing has stone end stack and outshut, Rear left wing has early C17
outshut to right; left side wall, 3-window range, has C18 leaded casements and
C19 transomed windows; also, hood moulds over early C17 three-light window with
C20 mullions, and chamfered light above C17 plank door set in hollow-chamfered
architrave with basket arch. Interior: hall has early C17 chamfered arched
fireplace, and C18 collar-truss with staggered butt purlins also over right
wing, Left wing: chamfered and moulded stone arched fireplaces and C17 ribbed
doors; ground-floor room to rear of stack has plastered beam with lozenge and
floral decoration, and first-floor room above has plastered beam with stencilled
decoration; collar-truss roof with butt purlins; newel stairs in outshut to
right. Rear right wing has queen-post truss with windbraces, clasped purlins and
mortices for bracing. The cross wings were gabled to the front before the hall
was re-roofed in the C18. Two jowled posts of heavy scantling in right wall of
left wing have mortices for large braces and are part of a former, possibly late
medieval, hall and cross wing. Gaunt House occupies a medieval moated site. It
was owned by Dr. John Fell of Oxford, a staunch Royalist who gave the house to
the King's Army as a base for the garrison securing New Bridge (q.v.) in 1643-5:
it was later attacked and taken by the Parliamentarians.
(J. Skelton, Antiquities of Oxfordshire, 1823, fol.13r).
Listing NGR: SP4072903234
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