House Survey Reports

The OBR has so far produced over 400 research reports on buildings throughout the county of Oxfordshire. Some examples of OBR reports are available to read below. More reports can be viewed in the members area.

Many of the reports are the product of OBR recording days where members, novice and experienced, are able to join a surveying team when we investigate and analyse historic buildings. The resulting research reports are archived in the Oxford History Centre to provide a detailed record of Oxfordshire’s traditional buildings for future researchers. We also assist some other Oxfordshire groups producing reports for thier own local archives. These can also be found in the members area.

The reports on this page offer a glimpse of the sort of work that the OBR does. We are grateful to those owners who have allowed us to display them on the open area of our website.

Reports are copyright Oxfordshire Buildings Record except where indicated otherwise. The reports contain third party material which prohibits all commercial use, this is expressly prohibited and is an infringement of copyright. We therefore prefer if you do not copy or print documents.  However, you may use the reports for the purposes of research and private study on the condition that any use is acknowledged. By viewing reports you agree to these terms and conditions.

The map below shows the location of all OBR published research reports on Oxfordshire buildings.  Click on the green pins to view a building report. These are also listed below. The other pins mark reports available to view from within the member’s area of the website.

Click on pins for report information

View the following examples of OBR survey reports

OBR002 Abingdon Police Station

OBR recorded this former police station just after it closed. It has now been converted to other uses but the three police cells survive inside.


OBR014 Chazey Court Mapledurham

An important group of domestic buildings built in the early seventeenth century, with some unusual features and recycled stonework


OBR039 Cruck House, Steventon

A cruck-framed house of ca.1350 was extended 15 years later, and again in 1519, this is one of a number of important medieval houses in Steventon.


OBR068 Shaven Crown,  Shipton-under-Wychwood

A complex and multi-phase hostelry with medieval origins.


OBR085 Friends Meeting House, Burford

An exceptionally well-preserved Quaker meeting house dating to 1709


OBR094 Fairmile Hospital, Cholsey

We recorded some of the main spaces and outbuildings of this former mental hospital, dating from 1870 with later additions, before some parts were demolished and others converted to domestic use


OBR104 Lacies Court, Abingdon School

Now the headmaster’s house, this former farmhouse had been extended and altered over the years, including by local architect Harry Redfern in 1902.


OBR109 Grange Farm, Balscote

Listed in Traditional Domestic Architeure of the Banbury Region, OBR had the oportunity of resurveying this house during major restoration work which allowed a reassessment of Wood-Jones’ conclusions.


OBR110 Broughton’s, North Parade, Oxford

his was a traditional hardware shop in a Victorian building in North Oxford which we were able to record shortly before it closed.


OBR118 Outbuildings Grange Farm

Farmbuildings associated with OBR109


OBR124 Checker Hall, Abingdon

One of Abingdon Abbey’s surviving buildings, now The Unicorn Theatre


OBR295 Brasenose College Squash Court, Oxford

A rare pre-war double, free-standing squash court building.


OBR415 Apple Acres, 87 Eynsham Rd., Botley

A complicated building with medieval fabric but difficult to interpret its development.