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Bannister House Brewer Street Oxford

Forde, Deirdre Bannister House Brewer Street Oxford. [Client Report] (Unpublished)

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Oxford Archaeology has undertaken a programme of historic building recording on Nos 7-8 Brewer Street (Bannister House) in Oxford prior to its renovation as part of a large development by Pembroke College. Bannister House is a multi phase structure from which No. 7 appears to be the oldest surviving element, probably dating from the mid to late 17th century, although it is possible that the cellar and ground floor could retain earlier elements. No. 7 is a fine example of a large urban timber framed building and is probably representative of a certain phase of timber frame building in Oxford city, which has now mostly been lost. The first phase of No. 8, to the north, was built onto the stone west gable wall of No. 7, probably in the late 17th century. It is a small three storied stone building with a single room at each level. The roof shows evidence of rearrangement in the 19th century, probably around the time of the first extension to the south and as a consequence the southern arrangement of the first phase has been lost. No evidence of any major phase of alterations in the 18th-century appears to survive and the second phase of No.8, to the south, is likely to date to the first half of the 19th century. It is a relatively high status extension with high ceilings and a grand, ornate staircase which demonstrates an aggrandisement of the house. The third phase, to the west, which added a further three large rooms to the house, was likely to have been built shortly after in the early to mid 19th century. The investigation of Bannister House forms part of a wider programme of archaeological work at the Pembroke College development site which also includes the recording of several other structures prior to their demolition (including No. 6 Brewer Street) and below-ground recording during intrusive works. The current report has enhanced understanding of Bannister House and it adds to a previous analysis undertaken by the Oxfordshire Buildings Record in May 2011.

Item Type:Client Report
Subjects:Geographical Areas > English Counties > Oxfordshire
Period > UK Periods > Post Medieval 1540 - 1901 AD
ID Code:4581
Deposited By: Scott
Deposited On:08 Jan 2019 12:20
Last Modified:08 Jan 2019 12:20

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