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Latitude: 51.9561 / 51°57'22"N
Longitude: -1.2784 / 1°16'42"W
OS Eastings: 449687
OS Northings: 228873
OS Grid: SP496288
Mapcode National: GBR 7V8.7MC
Mapcode Global: VHCWV.S3K8
Entry Name: The Old School House
Listing Date: 26 November 1951
Last Amended: 26 February 1988
Source: Historic England
Source ID: 1066587
English Heritage Legacy ID: 422375
Location: Somerton, Cherwell, Oxfordshire, OX25
Civil Parish: Somerton
Built-Up Area: Somerton
Traditional County: Oxfordshire
Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Oxfordshire
Church of England Parish: Somerton
Church of England Diocese: Oxford
SOMERTON NORTH ASTON ROAD
SP42NE (South side)
2/92 The Old School House
26/11/51 (Formerly listed as School)
School and schoolhouse, now house. Late C16, possibly incorporating earlier
elements, re-modelled and extended mid C18 and late C19/early C20. Limestone
rubble with wooden lintels; brick; concrete plain-tile and Welsh-slate roofs
with stone and brick stacks. 3-unit lobby-entry plan, with later additions, and
schoolroom wing to rear. 2 storeys plus attic. 3-window front has casements of
2, 3 and 3 lights to both floors, and has the entrance between bays 2 and 3;
there are several indications of early alteration including a blocked doorway in
bay one. Both gables have brick stacks, and the ridge stack in line with the
entrance has 2 rebuilt diagonal brick shafts on a rubble base. Schoolroom wing
returns from right end and has mostly large C19 stone-mullioned windows, but
retains part of an ovolo-moulded frame in a small window to a former first
floor. Shallow-pitched slate roof has a central ventilator with a weathervane. A
lower C19 wing projecting to the right has a wooden bellcote. A C19/early C20
range, partly infilling the angle, is in brick over a rubble ground floor.
Interior: Schoolroom has a 7-light wooden ovolo-moulded mullioned-and-transomed
window, now internal. House range contains a large open fireplace with a
stop-chamfered cambered bressumer, and has some stop-chamfered spine and lateral
beans; C18 display cupboard with serpentine shelves; winder stair; C18 roof with
queen-post trusses. The school was founded in 1580 by Thomas Fermor and may have
incorporated parts of the castle chapel, reputed to have been on the site.
(VCH: Oxfordshire, Vol VI, p290; Buildings of England: Oxfordshire, p768)
Listing NGR: SP4968728873
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