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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
Source: Historic England
Source ID: 1392943
English Heritage Legacy ID: 493671
Location: Oxford, Oxfordshire, OX2
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
612/0/10129 WALTON WELL ROAD
BUILDING: Former house, now estate agents' premises. Built in association with Lucy's Ironworks.
ARCHITECT: J.C. Curtis
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.
FAÇADE: 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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