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Description: The Old Rectory
Date Listed: 26 January 1956
English Heritage Building ID: 106395
OS Grid Reference: SY7240289546
OS Grid Coordinates: 372402, 89546
Latitude/Longitude: 50.7049, -2.3922
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SY 7289 RECTORY LANE
16/206 The Old Rectory
(formerly listed as
26.1.56 The Rectory)
Former rectory, divided into 2 units c1960 and now one private house. Early
C17 origin, largely reconstructed c1767. Walls mainly of brick, with burnt
headers but some original rubble stone walls survive at the rear - part
plastered. Concrete tile roof, replacing thatch, with coped gables. 2
brick stacks on ridge of centre range, and on outer slopes of the wings. U
shaped plan, with centre recessed section with flush gable, and projecting
gabled wings each end. 2 storeys and attic. In centre, original entrance
now part blocked internally, has part glazed door in classical surround with
Ionic pilasters supporting entablature with pulvinated frieze, dentil
cornice and pediment. Flanking this, on ground floor, one inserted sash
with glazing bars each side. On first floor a Venetian window with sashes
with glazing bars and gauged arch with keystone. Circular window in attic
over. In left gable, ground floor has a tripartite sash with glazing bars
(possibly replacing Venetian window). First floor has a Venetian window as
in centre. Attic has one casement with diamond lead lights. At left end a
lean-to extension with garage doors. The right gable has Venetian windows
on ground and first floors. Attic has one casement with glazing bars. The
rear wall very thick - possibly a refacing on remains of older building.
One stone mullioned window in left end wall. Internally, much original work
of very high standard has survived the division into 2 units, in spite of
inserted partitions. Cut string stair with turned balusters, moulded and
wreathed handrail and carved spandrel brackets. Enriched ceiling to stair
hall on ground and first floors. Several rooms have enriched moulded
cornices, carved C18 fireplace surrounds, panelled doors with eared
architraves. Internal panelled arches, with shutters, to Venetian windows.
Metope friezes with shields, over original front and rear doors. At rear of
stair hall the site of a spiral stair - the lower flight gone, the upper
flight reconstructed. A house of high quality. (RCHM Monument 7. Dorset
Listing NGR: SY7240289546
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Source: English Heritage
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