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List Entry Summary

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


List entry Number: 1341833



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

County: Gloucestershire

District: Cotswold

District Type: District Authority

Parish: Bibury

National Park: Not applicable to this List entry.

Grade: I

Date first listed: 23-Jan-1952

Date of most recent amendment: Not applicable to this List entry.

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Legacy System: LBS

UID: 127285

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BIBURY ABLINGTON SP 1007-1107 10/39 Ablington Manor 23.1.52 GV I Large manor house. Dated 1590 for John Coxwell; early-mid C17 additions; c1780 alterations and additions. Late C19 and early C20 internal alterations. Rubble limestone with early roughcast render having yellow ochre colour wash; ashlar dressings; ashlar chimneys; stone slate roof. Two-storey with attic and cellar; additions to original 3-room plan result in central stair hall plan. North front: asymmetrical with 3 parapet gables. Mixed fenestration, mullioned and transomed ovolo moulded cross windows to ground floor; central 3-light to upper floor, outer 4-light wide mullioned and transomed. Two-light recessed cavetto mullioned casements to attic, all casements having hoodmoulds. Two-storey parapet gabled porch between central and left gables has diagonal offset buttresses to ashlar front. Doric entablature with fluted pilasters to 4-centred archway has 5 stylised heads, one in each metope, central representing Queen Elizabeth with Mary to left and Henry VIII to right; outer heads being Philip of Spain and James I. Recessed moulded opening above has raised lettering: 'PLEAD . THO / V . MY . CAVSE / O . LORD . BY / IHON . COX / WEL . ANO / DOMENY / 1590'. Two projecting roundels flank inscription panel. Three-light recessed cavetto mullioned casement above set between 2 moulded string courses. Roll moulded parapet with 3 crocketed finials. Porch contains seats and bolection moulded doorway with plank and coverstrip door. Projecting chimney stack between central and right gables with tall ashlar shaft and moulded cap. Gabled service wing to left has small circular domed cupola. South front: 3 gables as to north front, central being early C20 alteration from c1780 pediment. Original 2-light recessed chamfered mullioned casements with hoodmoulds to attic; fenestration below is c1780 openings altered from sashes to casements early C20, tall central stair window loosing a pediment in these alterations. Three windows to upper floor; central doorway with moulded architraves and pediment to ground floor flanked by 2 casements below each outer gable, all casements having beaded architraves and hoodmoulds. Four 2-light mullioned casements in cellar plinth. Lower parapet gabled early C20 rebuilt addition to right, part beyond gable having shaped parapet. Ends: 2 parapet gables to each end, east having 3 chimneys, each with moulded cap. Interior: many C20 alterations. Dining room in south east wing has complete panelling, probably early C17, and Jacobean style plasterwork ceiling. Bolection moulded doorway to service passage formerly was the external doorway on south side. Stair hall results from c1780 alterations with open well staircase and 2-light mullioned window opening in former external wall. Originally house was in form of 3-room range to which, in early-mid C17, 2 south wings were added forming a small courtyard. One of the wings obscured the south end of the original cross passage (doorway still in position). Circa 1780 infilling of courtyard completed the southern half of the house. Was home of J. Arthur Gibbs, author of A Cotswold Village, one of the first books to popularise the Cotswolds in the late C19 and early C20. Small formal garden to south contains sundial (q.v.). (A.D., article in Country Life, 7th September 1912; A.R.J. Jurica, 'Bibury' in V.C.H. Glos. vii, pp. 21-44; and D. Verey, Gloucestershire: The Cotswolds, 1979.)

Listing NGR: SP1035907607

Selected Sources

Books and journals
Page, W, The Victoria History of the County of Gloucester, (1981), 21-44
Verey, D , The Buildings of England: Gloucestershire 1 The Cotswolds, (1970)
'Country Life' in 7 September, (1912)

National Grid Reference: SP 10359 07607


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