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Weston Manor Hotel

A Grade II* Listed Building in Weston-on-the-Green, Oxfordshire

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Latitude: 51.8621 / 51°51'43"N

Longitude: -1.2263 / 1°13'34"W

OS Eastings: 453374

OS Northings: 218450

OS Grid: SP533184

Mapcode National: GBR 8XT.8S7

Mapcode Global: VHCX8.PGKC

Plus Code: 9C3WVQ6F+RF

Entry Name: Weston Manor Hotel

Listing Date: 7 December 1966

Grade: II*

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1276762

English Heritage Legacy ID: 408524

Location: Weston-on-the-Green, Cherwell, Oxfordshire, OX25

County: Oxfordshire

District: Cherwell

Civil Parish: Weston-on-the-Green

Built-Up Area: Weston-on-the-Green

Traditional County: Oxfordshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Oxfordshire

Church of England Parish: Weston-on-the-Green

Church of England Diocese: Oxford

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Manor house, now hotel. Late medieval for the baliffs of Osney Abbey; remodelled
mid C16 for Lord Williams of Thame; re-fronted and partly rebuilt c.1820 for the
Bertie family. Random and coursed squared limestone rubble with ashlar
dressings; Stonesfield-slate roofs with brick stacks. Courtyard plan. 7-window
entrance front has 3-storey outer towers, gabled on all 4 sides, the left tower
retaining much early random masonry. Linking 2-storey section has a central
projecting 3-storey porch tower with a 4-centre arched entrance below a
decorative stucco panel. Stone-mullioned windows have labels and tall 4-centre
arched lights with sashes. Roofs have crenellated parapets and there is a short
stone spire over the porch. A short subsidiary range projects to right. Left end
returns to a contemporary 3-storey range with similar mullioned windows plus a
large canted 2-storey bay window. Beyond it, forming the rest of the south
range, the lower C16 hall has a projecting octagonal stair turret rising above
the roof, with a moulded parapet and a 4-centre arched doorway with roses in the
spandrels; to right are 2 tiers of renewed mullioned windows with arched lights,
plus a corbelled first-flooor link from the turret; to left are 2 tall renewed
mullioned and transomed windows. The gable wall of the hall has 2 original
4-light hollow-chamfered mullioned windows, the upper with a label. To left is
one of 2 projections on the west front, a very narrow 2-storey wing of several
builds and uncertain function; it has battered walls, first-floor cross loops on
both sides, and has a C17 ovolo-moulded 2-light mullioned window in its gable
wall. The wider 2-storey projecting wing at the northern end of the west front
has a renewed 4-light mullioned window in its gable wall and leaded casements in
its side walls; the 2-storey main range has transomed leaded casements of one, 2
and 7 lights, all below segmental arches. The north range is probably mostly
medieval and has irregular casements with stop-chamfered lintels and an ancient
doorway; a projecting section linking with the front range is probably largely
rebuilt but rises above an early vaulted undercroft. The numerous chimneys all
have diagonally-set brick shafts. The courtyard walls are decorated with 7 reset
stone cartouches and a fine arched early-C17 doorway from Exeter College Chapel,
Oxford, with carved foliage in the spandrels, moulded framing and panels
decorated with nailhead and 2 cartouches. Interior: C19 entrance hall has a
heavy offered ceiling; with moulded and carved ribs, and has a wide
Tudor-arched fireplace which may be C16/C17; restored hooded medieval fireplace
in reception area; former drawing room has altered bolection-mould panelling, an
acanthus cornice and an introduced fireplace; former dining room, now the bar,
is also panelled, with an acanthus cornice, and has a C18 fireplace; a dining
room in the west range has a Tudor-arched fireplace with strapwork cresting;
early-C18 cantilevered stone dogleg stair, dividing near the top into 2 flights,
has unusual heavy turned baluster with acanthus carving and has urn finials to
the newels, The old hall has a 5-bay arch-braced collar-truss roof with 2 rows
of curved windbraces rising to molded purlins, and has moulded wallplates and
moulded braces resting on C19 carved corbels; some original painted decoration
survives; the deep gallery has moulded joists and a richly-carved deep frieze
with roundels containing Romayne medallions and the initials "RR"; the fine
early-C16 linenfold panelling carries a narrow pierced frieze of high-quality
workmanship containing vine scrolls, a Latin inscription and roundels; the
fireplace is a C20 insertion. The panelling and roof are both from Notley Abbey,
Buckinqhamshire; introduced c.1780 and 1851, and the frieze of the panelling
bears the name of the last Abbott, Richard Rydge. It is possible that the
original hall was in the southern half of the west range and that the "old hall"
was in fact created from a 2-storey chamber range.
(V.C.H.: 0xfordshire, Vol.VI, p.347; Buildings of England: Oxfordshire,
pp.833-4; A. Carr, "Weston Manor, 0xfordshire", Country Life, 25th August 1928,

Listing NGR: SP5337418450

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