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1930s Overshot modern movement house in Oxford, Oxfordshire

1930s Overshot modern movement house in Oxford, Oxfordshire
1930s Overshot modern movement house in Oxford, Oxfordshire

Interesting for many reasons, the 1930s Overshot modern movement house in Oxford, Oxfordshire is now up for sale.

1930s Overshot modern movement house in Oxford, Oxfordshire
1930s Overshot modern movement house in Oxford, Oxfordshire

 

Described as a ‘rare and important example’ of modern movement architecture’, the house was designed by architects Godfrey Samuel and Valentine Harding in 1937, who also happened to be founding members of the Tecton Group.

1930s Overshot modern movement house in Oxford, Oxfordshire
1930s Overshot modern movement house in Oxford, Oxfordshire

 

As you might have guessed, this is a grade II-listed house, but not entirely original, which I will come to later. But there is a lot of originality and period detail to enjoy here.

1930s Overshot modern movement house in Oxford, Oxfordshire
1930s Overshot modern movement house in Oxford, Oxfordshire

 

Overshot was the last house designed by Godfrey Samuel and Valentine Harding and according to the agent, was ‘a move away from the white-cube Modernism of the era’.

1930s Overshot modern movement house in Oxford, Oxfordshire
1930s Overshot modern movement house in Oxford, Oxfordshire

 

According to Historic England’s listing: ‘The house perfectly reflects the movement away from exposed reinforced concrete and flat roofs in favour of expressing the same tenets of simple elevations and functional planning using more traditional materials’.

1930s Overshot modern movement house in Oxford, Oxfordshire
1930s Overshot modern movement house in Oxford, Oxfordshire

 

It was commissioned by Art historian Sir Ellis Waterhouse and designed for his mother following the sale of the previous family home. Waterhouse and his wife moved into the house when they retired in the 1970s and it hasn’t been offered much since. In fact, this is only the second time that the house will have been sold since construction back in 1937.

1930s Overshot modern movement house in Oxford, Oxfordshire
1930s Overshot modern movement house in Oxford, Oxfordshire

 

The detached house is surrounded by a south-facing garden and found on a private road just to the south of Oxford’s city centre.

1930s Overshot modern movement house in Oxford, Oxfordshire
1930s Overshot modern movement house in Oxford, Oxfordshire

 

It is ‘orientated north-south’ and ‘arranged in an L-shape’, with the main rooms on both the upper and lower levels facing south with views over that lovely garden.

1930s Overshot modern movement house in Oxford, Oxfordshire
1930s Overshot modern movement house in Oxford, Oxfordshire

 

As you might expect of an academic, the library is the most impressive too here. It was designed for Waterhouse’s extensive collection of books, whilst at the same time offering the tranquillity provided by those garden views.

1930s Overshot modern movement house in Oxford, Oxfordshire
1930s Overshot modern movement house in Oxford, Oxfordshire

 

Original filing cabinets and purpose-built drawers, apparently created for photographic glass plates, are still in place in this room, along with the timber-framed windows that slide open above a ‘deep wooden sill’.

1930s Overshot modern movement house in Oxford, Oxfordshire
1930s Overshot modern movement house in Oxford, Oxfordshire

 

Regarding the other space, the entrance hall runs along the north side and faces the large driveway through a ‘striking length of fenestration’ with a wooden lattice framework.

1930s Overshot modern movement house in Oxford, Oxfordshire
1930s Overshot modern movement house in Oxford, Oxfordshire

 

Adjacent to the library is a separate dining room, accessed through double doors, which also has access to a south-facing terrace. A fitted cupboard operates as a hatch to the kitchen (which was originally the pantry), the design for which is attributed to Elizabeth Benjamin.

1930s Overshot modern movement house in Oxford, Oxfordshire
1930s Overshot modern movement house in Oxford, Oxfordshire

 

The kitchen and pantry space were combined to create a large single room in the 1970s. In 2013 the current owners installed a Bulthaup kitchen while carefully maintaining those original fitted cupboards and the original tiling.

1930s Overshot modern movement house in Oxford, Oxfordshire
1930s Overshot modern movement house in Oxford, Oxfordshire

 

Beyond the kitchen are the ‘staff quarters’, but if you don’t have staff you can keep its current use as a study and a separate WC. A backdoor takes you to the east-facing area of the garden, and the garage. A boot room, wine store and second cloakroom finish off the ground floor layout.

1930s Overshot modern movement house in Oxford, Oxfordshire
1930s Overshot modern movement house in Oxford, Oxfordshire

 

Head upstairs and you get three bedrooms overlooking the garden, along with a sitting room (which could be used as an additional bedroom) that opens out onto a balcony.

1930s Overshot modern movement house in Oxford, Oxfordshire
1930s Overshot modern movement house in Oxford, Oxfordshire

 

The ‘east-west elevation’ contains the fifth bedroom, along with a recently installed self-contained kitchen, a bathroom and a separate WC.

1930s Overshot modern movement house in Oxford, Oxfordshire
1930s Overshot modern movement house in Oxford, Oxfordshire

 

A second level was added to the garage back in the 1970s, described as a ‘book-stacked timber structure with tall glazed sections on both sides’. it has a high ceiling and reinforced floor and was used as an archive for Sir Ellis Waterhouse, but is now used as more general storage space by the current owner.

1930s Overshot modern movement house in Oxford, Oxfordshire
1930s Overshot modern movement house in Oxford, Oxfordshire

 

I have mentioned the garden briefly, but if you want to know more, the house is surrounded by a lawned garden connecting up to Bagley Wood along its southern border. If you like a stroll, residents of Badger Lane are able to walk in these private woods (which belong to St. John’s College) if you obtain a permit.

But walking permits are not your first consideration. That’s likely to be there asking price, which is £1,750,000.

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