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Cherwell (District Authority)
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SP 37745 37919


SP 3737; 7/78

SWALCLIFFE, MAIN ROAD (north side), Tithe Barn



Tithe barn. c.1400. Regular coursed ironstone rubble. Stone ridge, stone copings, stone slates laid to diminishing courses. Ten bays defined externally by buttresses. Two gabled porches on east front to third and eighth bay threshing floors. Both porches retain stone gables, 4-centred arched doorways and plank doors. West front noted as having two small doorways; only the jambs of one remain. INTERIOR: Upper cruck trusses; upper and lower collars; ridge and side purlins; common rafters; wind braces to 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th bays; arch braces to collars; ridge supported on saddle. End gables with louvered lancets, splayed internally. Single hole air vents arranged in rows to sides and slits to ends. Internal measurements: 128' x 22' 9"; bay length average 12' 9"; cruck trusses 11' 6" above ground; walls 3' thick; cruck feet 15" x 9". First two bays to south have inserted loft. HISTORY: Built by William of Wykeham, Bishop of Winchester, founder of New College Oxford which he endowed with the living. Noted as having masonry of a very high order; architecturally the finest Oxfordshire barn. Scheduled Ancient Monument.

(V.C.H.: Oxfordshire, Vol. X, p.238; Buildings of England : Oxfordshire, 1974, Wood-Jones, R.B., Traditional Domestic Architecture in the Banbury Region, 1963, pp.19-20).

Listing NGR: SP3774237918


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Books and journals
Pevsner, N, Sherwood, J , The Buildings of England: Oxfordshire, (1974)
Salzman, L F, The Victoria History of the County of Oxford, (1972), 238
Wood-Jones, R B, Traditional Domestic Architecture in the Banbury Region, (1963), 19-20


This building is listed under the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) Act 1990 as amended for its special architectural or historic interest.

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Date: 05 Jun 2003
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