Building record 0063601000 - DINTON HALL


Early sixteenth century country house with late sixteenth, seventeenth and nineteenth century alterations and extensions.

Protected Status/Designation

  • Listed Building (II*) 1158977: DINTON HALL


Type and Period (2)

  • (Former Type) COUNTRY HOUSE (16th Century to 19th Century - 1500 AD to 1899 AD)
  • HOUSE (16th Century to 21st Century - 1500 AD to 2099 AD)


Dimensions - Length 0044 m Width 0016
Grade II+. Country house. Circa 1500, enlarged and substantially rebuilt late C16, altered C17 and 1855-1857. West wing and main south front rubblestone, also east elevation of service ranges fronting churchyard. Remainder in brick. Old tile roofs. Two storeys plus attics, service blocks two storey. Half H plan with wings extending to south and service ranges at east. North front main block of 4 gabled bays, each with two 2-light arched leaded windows. Entrance in 1855 porch in second bay from right in Jacobean style. 2 niches replace the windows above. Band course. Most brick is late C16. Upper floor windows flanked by broad Doric pilasters. Windows and pilasters cement dressed to simulate stone. Cornice above, then 4 gables with stone coping and finials. Oval recesses between first and second and third and fouth gables. Right hand windows to first floor have lower sills and are staircase windows. Behind are range of eight flues, the outer three each side diagonally set, the inner two square. To west is stone gabled bay with cross casement in stone to ground floor. 5-light C17 mullioned attic window with cornice. Beyond is two bay range that is reputed to have been chapel. Service range to east of house has 5 bay ground floor colonnade and 4 four-light stone mullioned upper windows. 4 gables over. South front. Main block has 7 bays of stone cross casement windows. Arched entrance at right. Band course and moulded cornice. Four 2-light hipped dormers to attic. Left wing has ashlar bay window, then 5-light attic stone mullioned window with cornice. At right east wing has 2 cross-casements. Then service blocks in brick. Most of this front represents 1855-1857 work (hopper heads dated 1857) and replaces C18 sashes. Many diagonally set chimneys. Interior. Mainly 1855 onwards features; two Jacobean style staircases and much panelling. The north west projecting wing has in its cellar corbelled supports for hearth and chimney breast above, Circa 1500,consisting of 4 vertical partitions and three shelves dividing it into 12 niches or square recesses. The partitions are coved out and have moulded medieval corbels at top and bottom. On first floor in middle room facing south is 4-centred arched fireplace with moulded jambs and C17 added carved surrounds. Some C18 panelling in minor rooms, but mostly C19 interiors. North front has C16 Flemish pictorial and armorial glass, also medieval English stained glass. The house was originally rebuilt c1500 for Archbishop Warham, and was owned by the Regicide Simon Mayne who died in the Tower of London in 1661. RCHM I. 125. MON. 5 (B7).
Assessment, watching brief and salvage recording carried out in September and October 2000 during extensive refurbishments to the house failed to identify in-situ archaeological remains, due largely to the advanced stage of the intrusive works. The assessment identified areas of significant 18th and 19th century modifications (B8).
Buildings report dated Apr-Nov 1991 held at NMR (B9)

Sources (7)

  • <1>SBC7619 Bibliographic reference: LIPSCOMB 2 PP153-156.
  • <3>SBC12764 Bibliographic reference: RCHM BUCKS 1 PP125-126.
  • <5>SBC11695 Bibliographic reference: PEVSNER N 1960 BUCKINGHAMSHIRE P107.
  • <6>SBC10632 Bibliographic reference: OS RECORD CARD (ILLUS FILED).
  • <7>SBC19924 Bibliographic reference: DoE. 1985. List of Buildings of Special Architectural or Historic Interest: Bucks: Aylesbury Vale: Parishes of Ashendon &C. p66.
  • <8>SBC22224 Unpublished document: Archaeological Services & Consultancy Ltd. 2000. An Archaeological Assessment of Dinton Hall, Dinton.
  • <9>SBC23358 Unpublished document: English Heritage. 2006. NMR Buildings Reports. BF086270.


Grid reference SP 76638 11038 (point) (Exact)
Civil Parish DINTON-WITH-FORD AND UPTON, Aylesbury Vale, Buckinghamshire

Finds (0)

Related Monuments/Buildings (2)

Related Events/Activities (1)

  • Event - Intervention: Salvage recording and watching brief (Ref: DHD00) (EBC16529)

Record last edited

Jul 25 2011 5:08PM

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