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Kirtlington Park

A Grade I Listed Building in Kirtlington, Oxfordshire

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Latitude: 51.8748 / 51°52'29"N

Longitude: -1.2632 / 1°15'47"W

OS Eastings: 450822

OS Northings: 219833

OS Grid: SP508198

Mapcode National: GBR 7W7.KFC

Mapcode Global: VHCX8.242M

Entry Name: Kirtlington Park

Listing Date: 26 November 1951

Grade: I

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1200202

English Heritage Legacy ID: 243429

Location: Kirtlington, Cherwell, Oxfordshire, OX5

County: Oxfordshire

District: Cherwell

Civil Parish: Kirtlington

Traditional County: Oxfordshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Oxfordshire

Church of England Parish: Kirtlington

Church of England Diocese: Oxford

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Listing Text


16/44 Kirtlington Park


Country house. 1742-6 by William Smith and John Sanderson for Sir James
Dashwood; interior decoration completed mid C19. Limestone ashlar. Double-depth
central block linked to square pavilions by low corridors turning through ninety
degrees. Palladian style; 9- by 6-window central block has an engaged tetrastyle
Ionic portico with a richly-carved triangular pediment flanked by a balustraded
parapet and modillion cornice; the architraved windows have alternating
segmental and triangular pediments above tall 15-pane sashes, in the piano
nobile, and have 12-pane sashes at second floor. The wide balustraded double
staircase rises above a rusticated basement. At the rear the windows of the
piano nobile have triple-stepped keyblocks below floating cornices, and the
central window has a pilastered surround supporting a Gibbsian arch; the central
bays break forward below a second triangular pediment and above a double
staircase of a different configuration. The flanking corridors contain
pedimented doorways and niches. The 5- by 5-window pavilions also have pediments
over the middle 3 bays, and their roofs bear cupolas. Interior not inspected but
notable for the rich Palladian decoration of the hall and the Rococo interior of
the library (stucco work attributed to Roberts of Oxford), and the painted
decoration of the Monkey Room by J.F. Clermont. The Rococo decoration of the
dining room was removed in 1931 to New York. The house is set in a park
landscaped by Capability Brown.

Listing NGR: SP5082219833

This text is from the original listing, and may not necessarily reflect the current setting of the building.

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