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East Grange South Grange West Grange

A Grade II Listed Building in Steeple Aston, Oxfordshire

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Latitude: 51.9311 / 51°55'52"N

Longitude: -1.3139 / 1°18'49"W

OS Eastings: 447273

OS Northings: 226070

OS Grid: SP472260

Mapcode National: GBR 7VD.YFJ

Mapcode Global: VHCWV.5QRG

Plus Code: 9C3WWMJP+FF

Entry Name: East Grange South Grange West Grange

Listing Date: 26 February 1988

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1066556

English Heritage Legacy ID: 422437

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 (South side)
8/105 South Grange, East Grange and
West Grange
- II

Large house, now 3 dwellings. Probably C18, much altered and extended c.1830 for
Thomas Davis; altered and sub-divided late C20. Coursed squared limestone with
ashlar dressings; flint with brick dressings; brick with some rendered
dressings; Stonesfield-slate, artificial stone-slate and concrete plain-tile
roofs with brick stacks. L plan with many additions. Gothick style. 2 storeys
plus attics and 3 storeys plus attics. Former main front has a central
crenellated flint porch with a wide Tudor-arched entrance, flanked by 2-storey
tower-like brick projections from the main range, which have a variety of
pointed and Tudor-style windows plus numerous reliefs and decoration. Irregular
4-window wing, facing the road, includes 2 windows with lozenge-pattern glazing
bars. Further range, parallel with and to rear of the wing, has large
Tudor-style windows and more decorative panels. Central rubble bay and the end
of the rubble return wing to right have similar parapets and decorative panels.
Interior: West Grange contains the original 2-storey entrance hall (now
horizontally divided) with a plaster ribbed vault including elaborate bosses and
corbels, and with 5 plaster roundels on the walls; architraves in hall and
drawing room include heavy egg-and-dart decoration (matched by the hall
fireplace and one panelled door), and a later-C18 Chinese-trellis pattern; fine
mid-C18 painted fireplace, with consoles and festoons, has a bolection-mould
inner surround in black marble which may be a separate early-C18 fireplace.
South Grange has egg-and-dart architraves and early-C19 plaster cornices. East
Grange has some similar architraves on doors leading off the 3-storey apsidal
stair hall, which has a cantilevered stone stair with a cast-iron balustrade;
drawing room has late-C18 architraves and a fine Rococo fireplace with a rustic
scene carved on the central panel. Thomas Davis (died 1863) was Surgeon to
William IV, and is reputed to have brought some of the decorative work from Kew
Palace; Middle Aston House (demolished 1806) has also been suggested as the
source of the fine C18 joinery,
(VCH: Oxfordshire: Vol XI, p23; Buildings of England: Oxfordshire: p787)

Listing NGR: SP4727326070

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