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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: THE GREAT KITCHEN APPROXIMATELY 40 METRES SOUTH OF HARCOURT HOUSE

List entry Number: 1053135

Location

THE GREAT KITCHEN APPROXIMATELY 40 METRES SOUTH OF HARCOURT HOUSE

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

County District District Type Parish
OxfordshireWest OxfordshireDistrict AuthorityStanton Harcourt

National Park: Not applicable to this List entry.

Grade: I

Date first listed: 12-Sep-1955

Date of most recent amendment: 17-Oct-1988

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Legacy System: LBS

UID: 252408

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History

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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

Selected Sources

  1. Book  Reference - Author: Wood, E - Title: The English Medieval House - Date: 1965 - Page References: 251,253
  2. Book  Reference - Author: Pevsner, N and Sherwood, J - Title: The Buildings of England: Oxfordshire - Date: 1974 - Page References: 782-3

National Grid Reference: SP 41604 05607

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