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Latitude: 50.6332 / 50°37'59"N
Longitude: -3.5161 / 3°30'57"W
OS Eastings: 292876
OS Northings: 82600
OS Grid: SX928826
Mapcode National: GBR P1.GXLT
Mapcode Global: FRA 37JD.G0K
Entry Name: Oxton House
Listing Date: 11 November 1952
Source: Historic England
Source ID: 1097704
English Heritage Legacy ID: 85877
Location: Kenton, Teignbridge, Devon, EX6
Civil Parish: Kenton
Traditional County: Devon
Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Devon
Church of England Parish: Kenton All Saints
Church of England Diocese: Exeter
SX 98 SW
5/286 Oxton House
Small country house, divided into flats. 1781-91 by the Reverend John Swete with
alteration of circa 1830 in the Greek Revival style. Late C20 alterations associated
with the division of the house into flats. Rendered, with a slate roof behind a
parapet; stacks with rendered shafts with moulded cornices.
Plan: Deep rectangular plan, 3 rooms wide with a central entrance into a heated hall
with flanking principal rooms. Stair hall to rear right, off the entrance hall,
service rooms to rear left.
Exterior: 2 storeys. Symmetrical front (east) elevation with 2 storey canted bays to
left and right (3 windows to each) and 3 windows to the centre with a 5-bay Greek
portico with fluted Doric columns with a triglyph frieze. C19 panelled 2-leaf front
door with deep reveals flanked by 12-pane C18 or C19 sash windows; other windows
identical sashes. The left return, which formerly had a second Greek portico
overlooking the garden, also has sash windows and 2 later battlemented ground floor
bays. C18 or C19 sashes to the right return which has one C20 ground floor and one
first floor French window. The former stable block at the right has round-headed
recesses and the remains of a pediment above a dentil frieze in the east end.
Interior: Not thoroughly inspected, but the principal rooms retain plaster cornices,
marble chimney-pieces (ground floor right has a late C19 marble chimney-piece)
shutters, panelled doors and deep skirting boards, although there are a number of
late C20 Georgian style doors and cornices. Fine open well stair and stair
balustrade with ornamental iron balusters and a wreathed handrail; a pair of Ionic
columns in the stair hall are of uncertain date.
The Reverend Swete describes his ten year programme of building Oxton House in his
'Picturesque Sketches of Devon' in MS in the D.R.O., including watercolours of the
house before the Greek Revival alterations.
Listing NGR: SX9287682600
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