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Oakley Court Hotel

A Grade II* Listed Building in Bray, Windsor and Maidenhead

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Latitude: 51.4901 / 51°29'24"N

Longitude: -0.6725 / 0°40'20"W

OS Eastings: 492265

OS Northings: 177626

OS Grid: SU922776

Mapcode National: GBR F89.JSX

Mapcode Global: VHFT7.9TC2

Entry Name: Oakley Court Hotel

Listing Date: 21 December 1977

Last Amended: 2 May 1989

Grade: II*

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1117481

English Heritage Legacy ID: 41106

Location: Bray, Windsor and Maidenhead, SL4

County: Windsor and Maidenhead

Civil Parish: Bray

Traditional County: Berkshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Berkshire

Church of England Parish: Bray with Braywood

Church of England Diocese: Oxford

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Listing Text

SU 97 NW
(north-east side, off)
10/29 Wateroakley
21.12.77 Oakley Court Hotel (formerly listed as
Oakley Court and Nulli Secundus)

Very large Victorian Gothic mansion, in landscaped surrounds by the river
Thames. Now hotel and conference centre. Dated 1859, altered and extended
late C20 by Nellist, Blundell and Flint. Buff brick with Portland stone
dressings; fishscale tile roof with ridge cresting. Irregular plan with
former lower service wing and courtyard (Nulli Secundus), now conference
centre, adjoining on the south. Castellated tower part of and rinsing above
the south-east front. Part one storey, part 2 storeys, part 3 storeys.
Several chimneys with offset heads and ornamental terracotta pots.
Perpendicular mullioned windows with traceried heads in main building, with
carved stops to drip moulds; some windows contained in canted and oriel bays.
Machicolated and crenellated angle and stair turrets; crow stepped gables
with flanking pinnacles and finials, surmounted by heraldic beasts. Entrance
(north-west) front: main features are a single-storey porte-cochere and
entrance lobby projecting well forward of main face of building with a flat
roof. Moulded, pointed-arched heads to openings; 3-stage angle butresses on
north-west side of porte-cochere. Main front behind has 2 large crow-step
gables, the one on the right taller, and slightly projecting. To the right is
the former courtyard wall, curved brick, with moulded recessed panels and a
pair of large, chamferedd, ashlar gate piers with heavy moulded tops. The
courtyard has been infilled with the conference centre which is of no special
interest. Garden (south-east) front: picturesque composition of 3 gables of
different heights and a 3-storey canted bay adjoining the 3-stage tower which
has single-light windows and a machicolated and crenellated top. To the left
of this is the former service wing: plainer, of brick; casement windows with
lighter brick dressings and pointed-arched heads. Near the centre of this
wing is a clock tower: 3 stages, the lower stage brick, the upper stage
painted wood with 2 louvred openings with cusped heads in recessed cusp-headed
panels, on each face. Above this is a small hipped roof with 2 small gabled
and louvred dormers, surmounted by a clock stage; clock face in moulded
surround on all faces. A spirelet with gables at the foot and a weathervane
at the top, surmounts the clock stage. Interior: very fine principal rooms
and staircase hall. White lounge: raised and moulded wall panelling.
Plaster ceiling enriched with garlands and floral motifs. Elaborate frieze
and cornice. A pair of matching wooden fireplaces with Caryatid pilasters,
marble insets within carved and moulded architraves; each has an elaborate
frieze decorated with garlands, within a moulded, arched head. 2 elaborate
window embrasures with fluted colonnettes, balustrades and delicate open-work
in spandrels. Large, panelled double doors lead into the room, with applied
decorative motifs and beading. Ante-room/bar: linenfold panelling and
Tudor-style moulded and coffered ceiling. Staircase hall: full-height
open-well staircase with elaborately scrolled and twisted iron balusters;
moulded handrail; large chamfered newels with moulded tops. Moulded plaster
ceilings and wall friezes. Panelled dado and doors. This style continued
into entrance lobby which has an encaustic tile floor.

Listing NGR: SU9226577626

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