BENSON'S OLD BUILDINGS
(INCLUDING HOUSE HISTORIES)
Below: A few of Benson's many historic buildings.
Buildings in Benson's High Street
Please click here to read an illustrated article about the buildings in Benson High Street, from Castle Square to the old Post Office. It includes a wealth of detail about the owners of these properties and how the premises were used through the centuries.
Below: Photographs showing the variety of architectural styles to be found in 21st century Benson
FOR MORE DETAILED INFORMATION ABOUT BENSON'S HISTORIC BUILDINGS, PLEASE SEE THE BENSON SECTION OF THE VICTORIA COUNTY HISTORY
Please click here to read the Benson Conservation Area study,
produced by South Oxfordshire District Council in 1999.
Fifield Farm and Manor
The original old manor house, built in 1120, is said to be the oldest building in Oxfordshire. Additions were made in the 14th, 18th and 19th centuries. In the 20th century there were many ups and downs, including its use by the PRU in WW2.
Fifield Manor in days gone by
The Old Vicarage
The house, constructed in 1860 remained as the Vicarage until 1970, and is built on the site of earlier church houses going back as far as 1540. A comprehensive report on these buildings, and St Helen's Church together with former vicars is contained in a "Story of The Old Vicarage Benson" by Charles Barrie, a copy of which is available in the Village Archive.
The Old Vicarage
Please click on a house name to read a short history
and 12 Castle Square (below)
Elm House, Castle Square (below) Kingsford House, High Street (below)
The Limes, Oxford Road (below 1930s) Churchfield House (below 1960s)
Owned by the Rowden family
Mentions the Powell family. The house was once called Chiltern Lodge.
Colne House, later Observatory House, Brook Street Owned by the Dines family
(Mentions the Shrubb family)
(The following names are mentioned in both histories : Holgate, Butcher, Archer, Pugh, Coates, Skinner, Rislingbury, Cato, King, Hutchings, Littleboy, Goodey, Field, Polley, Spyer, Orchard, Wise, Hine, Chislett, Pudwell, West, Winfield.)