The Great House National Heritage List Data

The Great House is listed on the National Heritage List for England with the following data. Some information may have become outdated since the date of listing. Text courtesy of Historic England. © Crown Copyright, reprinted under the Open Government License.

National Heritage List for England Facts

List Entry ID
Great Milton
South Oxfordshire
Grid Reference
SP 62748 02394

National Heritage List for England Description

GREAT MILTON CHURCH ROAD SP60SW (West side) 5/116 The Great House 18/07/63 (Formerly listed as Milton House)


Large house. Rear wing, C16/C17; front range late C17/early C18; garden range dated 1788 on rainwater heads. Garden range almost certainly by James Wyatt for Richard Ryder, Home Secretary. Coursed limestone rubble with ashlar dressings; ashlar; old plain-tile and Welsh slate roofs with brick and stone stacks. U-plan. 2 storeys plus attics. 7-window front, with plinth, plain parapet and heavy moulded cornice, is divided 2:3:2 with the side bays breaking forward. Central glazed door has moulded stone architrave and flanking fluted pilasters supporting a flat hood. All windows have early sashes with thick glazing bars and are framed by moulded stone architraves with aprons. Hipped roof, with 5 hipped 2-light dormers arranged 1:3:1, has tall stone stacks projecting from the end walls with brick shafts. 7-window 2-storey garden range to left, in ashlar with first-floor sill band and moulded cornice, has 2-storey, 3-window semi-circular bay to right of centre and, to right of it, a tripartite sash window at ground floor. Sashes are all large with very thin glazing bars. A shallow hipped Welsh slate roof is concealed by the plain parapet. Early rear wing to right of front range, with a stone moulded gable parapet with projecting kneelers and a large projecting lateral stack, has been re-windowed with sashes including a tripartite sash. Interior: Central hall has late C17 panelling with arched panels over the fireplace. Garden range contains an ante-room with distyle in antis Doric screen supporting a 3-centred central arch, a bow-ended drawing room with delicate honeysuckle frieze and marble fireplace with relief panel of Muse of Music, and a 3-window saloon with similar frieze and a marble fireplace with central panel of a cherub driving a chariot containing a lion and a goat. 2 late C18 stairs, both with wreathed handrails and stick balusters.(V.C.H.: Oxfordshire, Vol. VII, p,120; Buildings of England: Oxfordshire, p.623).

Listing NGR: SP6274802394