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Oare House

  • Built / Designed For: Henry Deacon

    House & Family History: Oare House is a mid-18th century house built for the London wine merchant Henry Deacon. The five-bay 2.5-story house (with a parapet) is built of vitrified brick with red brick dressings. There is a fine stone porch with a pediment and fluted Ionic columns. In the 1920s Clough Williams-Ellis added two symmetrical wings, one of which incorporates a circa 1840 drawing room. During World War II the British cabinet met in secret at Oare House.

  • Garden & Outbuildings: Avenues of lime trees lead from the village to the wrought iron gates of the house and the walled garden beyond.

  • Architect: Bertram Clough Williams-Ellis

    Date: 1921-25
    Designed: Added two symmetrical wings

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  • Country Life: LXIII, 334 plan, 1928.

  • Title: Buildings of England: Wiltshire, The
    Author: Pevsner, Nikolaus; Cherry, Bridget
    Year Published: 1999
    Reference: pgs. 363-364
    Publisher: London: Penguin Books
    ISBN: 0140710264
    Book Type: Hardback

  • House Listed: Grade I

    Park Listed: Grade II

  • Current Seat / Home of: Keswick family

    Past Seat / Home of: Henry Deacon, 18th century. Sir Geoffrey Fry, 20th century.

    Current Ownership Type: Individual / Family Trust

    Primary Current Ownership Use: Private Home

  • House Open to Public: No

    Historic Houses Member: No