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Manor Court Cottage rectory Farmhouse

A Grade II Listed Building in Steeple Aston, Oxfordshire

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Latitude: 51.9306 / 51°55'50"N

Longitude: -1.3092 / 1°18'33"W

OS Eastings: 447593

OS Northings: 226012

OS Grid: SP475260

Mapcode National: GBR 7VD.ZS1

Mapcode Global: VHCWV.8Q7W

Plus Code: 9C3WWMJR+68

Entry Name: Manor Court Cottage rectory Farmhouse

Listing Date: 8 December 1955

Last Amended: 26 February 1988

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1065959

English Heritage Legacy ID: 422546

Location: Steeple Aston, Cherwell, Oxfordshire, OX25

County: Oxfordshire

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 (South side)
8/116, 9/116 Rectory Farmhouse and Manor
08/12/55 Court Cottage
(Formerly listed as Rectory

Manor house, now farmhouse and house. Probably c.1400 and early C17, altered C19
and extended C20. Coursed limestone and marlstone with wooden and rendered
lintels; Stonesfield-slate and artificial stone-slate roofs with brick stacks. L
plan incorporating an open-hall range, extended to U plan. 2 storeys plus attic.
3-unit main range, forming one arm of the U plan, has an outward-facing front in
partly-banded squared rubble showing numerous early alterations; the 6-panel
door is set to left of centre in a C19 wooden porch, and the 2- and 3-light
windows all have C20 casements below rendered brick flat arches. Roof has stacks
to both gables and to right of centre, and has 2 hipped C20 roof dormers. Right
end of range rebuilt C20. Hall range, returning from the left end has renewed
casements with wooden lintels facing the courtyard, plus a secondary entrance
and a blocked doorway with a chamfered limestone-ashlar surround; left side has
C19 casements of one and 2 lights, some with chamfered lintels. Rear range,
probably added early C17, and formerly of one unit attached only at the corner,
has now been much altered and extended to left to form Manor Court Cottage;
openings all have C20 casements but the roof has Stonesfield slates. Interior:
Main range has heavy chamfered spine beams (in one room with heavy flat
late-medieval joists to one side, and heavy stop-chamfered joists on the other
spanning into a lateral beam) and has a fine stone 4-centre arched fireplace
with recessed spandrels and flanking Tuscan half columns. Hall range retains one
truss of the original roof of c.1400 which was probably of raised-cruck form
with hollow-chamfered arched bracing to the collar; one foot appears to have
been cut away; some smoke-blackened purlins and heavy curved winbraces remain in
the roof space. The structure has affinities with the contemporary roof of the
Tithe Barn at Manor Farm, Upper Heyford (q.v.). Manor Court Cottage retains a
large inglenook fireplace, and heavy stop-chamfered spine beans with chamfered
joists; also 2 re-set doorheads one from a C14 trefoil-headed door.
(VCH: Oxfordshire: Vol XI, p28)

Listing NGR: SP4759326012

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