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Butler House and the Rectory, Darlington

Description: Butler House and the Rectory

Grade: I
Date Listed: 28 April 1952
English Heritage Building ID: 110615

OS Grid Reference: NZ3083815930
OS Grid Coordinates: 430839, 515930
Latitude/Longitude: 54.5377, -1.5249

Location: Salters Ln S, Darlington DL1 2DF

Locality: Darlington
County: Darlington
Country: England
Postcode: DL1 2DF

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Listing Text

1. (North Side)
Butler House and
The Rectory
[Formerly listed as
No 1 (The Rectory)]
NZ 3015 4/149 28.4.52.


Originally all the Rectory, Butler House is the range nearest the road and has
a west part of early-mid C15 and an east part of early-mid C18.
West part of 2 storeys, 4 bays, the 2 right bays covered by an C18 projecting front
range of pinkish brick with high pitched pantiled roof. The mediaeval part is
of stone rubble, pebble-dashed. Some early C19 sash windows with glazing bars
and one complete 2-light stone traceried window on 1st floor. In left return a
double window, many-moulded and chamfered but with tracery replaced by sash windows
with glazing bars. A small lancet window is on north return of this section.
Right part of 2 storeys, 5 windows, old pinkish brick with some rubble stone walling
behind. Gauged flat red brick arches with keystones to sash windows with glazing
bars in near-flush box frames. Both sections have steeply pitched pantiled roofs,
the left part higher, probably once thatched. In the angle between the 2 builds
a 2-storey C19 and modern wood bow window. Inside the C18 part door and window
woodwork largely complete, including lock plates, also some panelling and dado
rails. In the mediaeval part are remains of 2 more stone windows with paired cusped
heads; and a stone fireplace with hollow chamfered wide segmental arch and splayed
and chamfered jambs. One bay remains of a C15 crown post and collar-purlin roof,
the crown post having longitudinal braces to the purlin and transverse braces to
the tie beam.
The Rectory consists of 2 parallel ranges running north from the back of the mediaeval
part of Butler House. The west range is of the 2nd quarter of the C18, the east
is early C19. East (entrance) front of 2 storeys, 5 windows, wide proportions.
Northernmost window on each floor is a blank panel. Pinkish brick. Replaced sash
windows with glazing bars in near-flush box frames under flat gauged brick arches.
Round headed landing window. Two Yorkshire sashes at ground floor left. Six-panel
door with cornice head and oblong fanlight holding a projecting, glazed lamp-holder.
Low, curved projection on north return.
Garden front of 2 storeys, 7 windows; pinkish brick with roof renewed in modern
ridged tiles, 2 centre and 2 end chimneys. Gauged flat brick arches to 1st floor
C18 sash windows with glazing bars in near-flush box frames and ground floor early
C19 recessed sash windows with delicate glazing bars.
Inside, the study has original fielded panelling and dado rail. Drawing room to
south has decoration of early C19 with paterae in doorcase angles and a Tuscan
screen across the north end. Graceful early C19 staircase with spiral ended handrail.
Rooms have reeded flat plaster cornices with medallions at intervals. Series of
round arches across hall.
Range of outbuildings to north, mostly one storey, of roughly-coursed rubble with
brick dressings; and a late C19 red brick upper storey added over north end. Varied
openings, roofs partly pantiled and artly of modern tile.
North-east angle of main Rectory cut-away and corbelled out above.

Listing NGR: NZ3083815935

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Source: English Heritage

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