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Holyfield House

A Grade II Listed Building in Oxford, Oxfordshire

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Latitude: 51.7617 / 51°45'42"N

Longitude: -1.2685 / 1°16'6"W

OS Eastings: 450584

OS Northings: 207251

OS Grid: SP505072

Mapcode National: GBR 7XL.J3Z

Mapcode Global: VHCXM.YZSD

Entry Name: Holyfield House

Listing Date: 7 October 2008

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1392943

English Heritage Legacy ID: 493671

Location: Oxford, Oxfordshire, OX2

County: Oxfordshire

District: Oxford

Town: Oxford

Electoral Ward/Division: North

Built-Up Area: Oxford

Traditional County: Oxfordshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Oxfordshire

Church of England Parish: Oxford St Barnabas with St Thomas the Martyr

Church of England Diocese: Oxford

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Listing Text

612/0/10129 WALTON WELL ROAD
07-OCT-08 1
Holyfield House

BUILDING: Former house, now estate agents' premises. Built in association with Lucy's Ironworks.

DATE: 1891


MATERIALS: Fine yellow brick with carved ashlar dressings to front; buff brick gables ends and chimneys; slate roof; cast iron balcony railings.

PLAN: Roughly square. Central hall.

FAƇADE: Two storeys, attic and basement. Double front with variety of carved ashlar detail: rusticated pilaster strips with small scroll caps; acanthus scroll frieze with dentil cornice, carried round central pediment gable; large pineapple finials. Canted bay windows with guilloche parapets and plate-glass sashes in stop-chamfered ashlar surrounds; eaves-line dormers with ashlar side scrolls, segmental lead roofs and rendered cheeks. Centre has large round-arched tripartite window to first floor, and three smaller arched lights to gable. First-floor balcony with elaborate cast iron balustrading. Doorway below has concentric round arches, richly carved spandrels (with cornucopiae, acanthus and vine scrolls), marble colonnettes with carved caps, and painted glass to side and top lights. 6-panel door with decorative studs. Flanking sections of ground-floor balcony have scrolled cast iron standards.

INTERIORS: Not seen.

HISTORY: Said to have been built as a house for the master of Lucy's Ironworks. Used as Catholic Workers' College 1921-55, then as Lucy's Social Club.

SOURCES: A. Spokes Symonds, The Changing Faces of North Oxford Book 2 (1999)

SUMMARY OF IMPORTANCE: This prominent late C19 building, already in the North Oxford Victorian Suburb Conservation Area, used grand architectural forms, lavish carved ashlar detail and elaborate cast iron balconies as a means of advertising for the adjoining Ironworks. It merits being added to the list at grade II.

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