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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
Entry Name: The Old School
Listing Date: 8 December 1955
Last Amended: 26 February 1988
Source: Historic England
Source ID: 1065958
English Heritage Legacy ID: 422544
Location: Steeple Aston, Cherwell, Oxfordshire, OX25
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
STEEPLE ASTON NORTH SIDE
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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