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The Old School

A Grade II Listed Building in Steeple Aston, Oxfordshire

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Latitude: 51.9305 / 51°55'49"N

Longitude: -1.3104 / 1°18'37"W

OS Eastings: 447512

OS Northings: 226002

OS Grid: SP475260

Mapcode National: GBR 7VD.ZFR

Mapcode Global: VHCWV.7QLY

Plus Code: 9C3WWMJQ+6R

Entry Name: The Old School

Listing Date: 8 December 1955

Last Amended: 26 February 1988

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1065958

English Heritage Legacy ID: 422544

Location: Steeple Aston, Cherwell, Oxfordshire, OX25

County: Oxfordshire

District: Cherwell

Civil Parish: Steeple Aston

Built-Up Area: Steeple Aston

Traditional County: Oxfordshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Oxfordshire

Church of England Parish: Steeple Aston

Church of England Diocese: Oxford

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SP4726, SP4725 (North side)
8/114, 9/114 The Old School
08/12/55 (Formerly listed as Radcliff's

School, now house. Founded 1640, but probably c.1688 for Richard Duckworth;
enlarged 1877. Mixed marlstone and limestone rubble, formerly roughcast, with
limestone-ashlar dressings; Welsh-slate and Stonesfield-slate roofs with
stone-and-brick stacks. Single range with added parallel range and stair wing.
One storey plus attic and single storey. Symmetrical 3-window front of main
range has large 2-light windows with moulded architraves and rectangular
mullions, set below a moulded string which returns around the gable walls and
breaks forward slightly over each window; a central stone plaque with a moulded
surround records the foundation and restoration. Welsh-slated roof has 3 hipped
dormers and stone-based gable stacks. Left gable wall has a deeper window with
transoms, and there is a keyed oval window within a square surround in the
gable; wall returns to the gable wall of the single-storey stone-slated rear
range, which has a similar moulded string and a matching 3-light transomed
window. Right gable wall of main range has a further 2-light transomed window
plus a 3-light C19 stone-mullioned window in the gable. C19 stair wing,
projecting from the right end, has single-light windows with moulded stone
architraves, a plain-architraved entrance, and has a stone bellcote on the
gable; a parapetted section to rear includes a re-set C17 doorway with a Latin
inscription on the lintel. Interior: intersecting chamfered beams to the main
roan. The school was founded by Dr. Samuel Radcliffe, principal of Brasenose
College, and was restored (or probably rebuilt) by Richard Duckworth, rector.
(VCH: Oxfordshire: Vol XI, p43; Buildings of England: Oxfordshire, p787)

Listing NGR: SP4751226002

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