THE GREAT KITCHEN APPROXIMATELY 40 METRES SOUTH OF HARCOURT HOUSE

Overview

Heritage Category:
Listed Building
Grade:
I
List Entry Number:
1053135
Date first listed:
12-Sep-1955
Date of most recent amendment:
17-Oct-1988
Statutory Address:
THE GREAT KITCHEN APPROXIMATELY 40 METRES SOUTH OF HARCOURT HOUSE

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Location

Statutory Address:
THE GREAT KITCHEN APPROXIMATELY 40 METRES SOUTH OF HARCOURT HOUSE

The building or site itself may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.

County:
Oxfordshire
District:
West Oxfordshire (District Authority)
Parish:
Stanton Harcourt
National Grid Reference:
SP 41604 05607

Details

STANTON HARCOURT HARCOURT HOUSE SP4105 21/324 The Great Kitchen approx. 40m. 12/09/55 of Harcourt House (Formerly listed as The Great Kitchen, Harcourt House)

GV I

Kitchen. c.1485, with possible earlier origins. Coursed limestone rubble; conical stone slate roof surmounted by lead griffin. Tower of square plan and open to roof. Front of tower has hood mould over three C15 two-light trefoil-headed windows. Gargoyles to cornice beneath crenellated parapet; stair turret in left corner has slit lights and similar parapet. Offset buttresses to left; rear wall has hood moulds over two C15 two-light trefoil-headed windows and over a wide blocked 4-centred arched doorway. Now entered via C15 doorway in rear wall of Manor Farmhouse (q.v.). Interior: left side wall has 3 ovens, one with medieval door, an aumbry and a C15 plank door with decorative iron hinges to stone newel stairs. Wall opposite has 2 screen walls flanking spaces for two fires. The smoke escaped through 2 rows of six pointed louvred vents in each bay, still situated under the eaves of the roof, which were regulated from a passage behind the battlements. Squinches support an octagon which takes the roof: head corbels in each corner support arch-braced squinch arches with traceried spandrels and eight arched ribs meeting at the apex; 3 tiers of arch bracing to purlins. One of the finest medieval kitchens in existence. Formerly attached to the service end of the medieval manor house, demolished c.1750. (Buildings of England: Oxfordshire, pp.782-3; National Monuments Record; M. Wood, The English Medieval House, 1965, pp.251, 253. and plate 20A; Bodleian Library, M.S. Top, Oxon, for late C18 and C19 drawings).

Listing NGR: SP4160605607

Legacy

The contents of this record have been generated from a legacy data system.

Legacy System number:
252408
Legacy System:
LBS

Sources

Books and journals
Pevsner, N, Sherwood, J , The Buildings of England: Oxfordshire, (1974), 782-3
Wood, E , The English Medieval House, (1965), 251,253

Legal

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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