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Burford's Buildings, Central High Street

East Side: Church Lane to Witney Street

The imposing former mansion house at No. 75 dominates this stretch of High Street, which rises gently to the central crossroads. There are, however, some other striking buildings among this run of smallish cottages and shops, most notably the long 16th-century frontage of No. 33, the tall three-storeyed front of Nos. 53-9, and the long Georgian façade of No. 91. Medieval houses survive behind several late façades, and a 14th-century archway (possibly reset) at No. 69. The Burford House Hotel (No. 99) is one of several long buildings remodelled in a 'Cotswold Vernacular' style in the 1920s, which together lend Burford part of its distinctive character.

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In 1652 a house here was owned by William Elston and held by William Haynes; by 1685 the owner was William Lenthall esquire (of The Priory), and th

This rubblestone façade would once have been rendered: most of the window surrounds have been pecked to allow render to adhere properly, in an 18th

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The double-gabled smooth stone frontage of c.1903 conceals remains of another medieval house.

The building retains a Tudor-arched fireplace and probably the roof from an earlier structure: the roof’s 'waney' ridge suggests pre-17th-century t


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