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Description: The Old Rectory
Date Listed: 6 February 1986
English Heritage Building ID: 195427
OS Grid Reference: TF1381182042
OS Grid Coordinates: 513811, 382042
Latitude/Longitude: 53.3231, -0.2928
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WEST TORRINGTON RECTORY LANE
TF 18 SW
1/52 The Old Rectory
Rectory, now house. 1850, 1863. Red brick. Slate roofs with 3
ridge stacks, one with 4 tall shafts, the others with tall paired
shafts. 2 storey, 4 bay front with right hand bay projecting
with gable and cross finial. Plinth. First floor decorated
brick band and decorated eaves. Doorway to left in gabled porch
and with pointed head. Inner doorway with fanlight and partially
glazed door. Three light casement to left, with segmental head.
Canted bay window to right with central 3 light casement with
segmental head flanked by single narrow fixed lights with
segmental heads. 3 light casement to right, with segmental head.
3 pairs of casements above break through roof line with plaster
lintels and steeply pitched gables. 3 light casement to right
with segmental head. 2 storey polygonal chapel of 1863 attached
to east wall with decorated eaves, first floor band and 2 ashlar
dressed windows each of 2 pointed lights with plate traceried
quatrefoil above, with fine Victorian glass, including the
initials of Thomas Wimberley Mossman. Chapel interior very plain
and severe with brick decorated eaves. Such a chapel is
exceptionally rare in a rectory and reflects the interests and
important career of the vicar Thomas Wimberley Mossman who built
it. Mossman was vicar of West Torrington from 1859-1885 and was
an important and controversial figure in the Oxford Movement,
correspondent with Cardinal Newman and founder of a Brotherhood
training poor men for the priesthood, who lived at the rectory
and caused outrage by their papish dress and practices. He was a
noted historian and active Liberal politician as well as being a
crucial figure in the early Oecumenical movement.
Listing NGR: TF1381182042
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Source: English Heritage
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