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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.

Name: ASHDOWN HOUSE

List entry Number: 1048765

Location

ASHDOWN HOUSE

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

County District District Type Parish
OxfordshireVale of White HorseDistrict AuthorityAshbury

National Park: Not applicable to this List entry.

Grade: I

Date first listed: 10-Nov-1952

Date of most recent amendment: 11-Dec-1985

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Legacy System: LBS

UID: 250630

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History

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Details

ASHBURY SU28SE 8/1 Ashdown House 10/11/52 (Formerly listed as Ashdown House, pavilion and outbuildings attached) GV I

Country house, c.1662 probably by Captain William Winde for William 1st Earl of Craven. Chalk ashlar with grey Bath stone dressings and stacks; stone slate roof. Carolean design, with Dutch and French influences. Square double-depth (5x5 bays) plan. 3-storey with attic and basement, 5- window range. East front has stone steps with mid C20 iron railings up to central 6-panelled door with eared architrave: over door is balustraded apron on brackets beneath 1st floor window, with pediment on scrolled brackets 6-light mullioned and transomed ground- and first-floor windows, similar 4- light windows above; all have C20 plate glass. Bath stone base, raised stone quoins, moulded strings at floor level and bold modillioned cornice. 3 pedimented dormers on east and west sides; square flat top to roof surrounded by balustrading; central octagonal lantern, lighting central staircase, has domed roof and large golden ball finial; hipped roof, end stacks. West elevation similar but with door approached by steps with original stone balustrade and ball finials to newels. Interior: many fireplaces inside were installed c.1960, with the exception of original fireplace in second floor front left room. All rooms retain original shuttering with panelled reveals, plaster cornices and all original doors. Floor of c.1960 to entrance hall: open-well stairs with closed string and moulded balusters carried to second floor; panelled dado; bolection-moulded panels to ceiling. Bolection-moulded dado; shouldered architrave to rear doorway with has carved consoles supporting scrolled pediment and central bust. Semi-circular arch with moulded imposts with pulvinated frieze and moulded cornice. Bolection-moulded panelling to front left room; elaborate acanthus leaf cornice and original plaster ceiling with central wreath of leaf coving to rear left room. (Buildings of England, Berkshire, pp. 72-73; Ashdown House Berkshire, The National Trust, 1975.)

Listing NGR: SU2820382009

Selected Sources

  1. Book  Reference - Title: Ashdown House Berkshire - Date: 1975
  2. Unpublished Title  Reference - Title: Part 34 Oxfordshire - Journal Title: Register of Parks and Gardens of Special Historic Interest in England
  3. Book  Reference - Author: Pevsner, N - Title: The Buildings of England: Berkshire - Date: 1966 - Page References: 72-3

National Grid Reference: SU 28203 82009

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