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The Old Rectory and Attached Garden Wall, Swardeston

Description: The Old Rectory and Attached Garden Wall

Grade: II
Date Listed: 26 October 1987
English Heritage Building ID: 226989

OS Grid Reference: TG1986402410
OS Grid Coordinates: 619864, 302410
Latitude/Longitude: 52.5750, 1.2433

Location: Main Road, Swardeston, Norfolk NR14 8DG

Locality: Swardeston
Local Authority: South Norfolk District Council
County: Norfolk
Country: England
Postcode: NR14 8DG

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Listing Text


5/104 The Old Rectory
and attached garden


Former parsonage, C16 and early C19; C16 range timberframed, rendered and
colourwashed, black glazed pantiles; early C19 range of gault brick, hipped
roof of black unglazed pantiles. C16 range to south erroneously and
subsequently dated 1660 on left gable; 2½ cells, 2 storeys and attic; off
centre axial stack with gault brick shaft to chimney bay to right; C19 bell
turret forward to right of first cell. Half bay to left with doorway;
rendered lean-to to left under pantiles, canted bay window across angle
of half bay, lead polygonal roof, sashes with glazing bars. Cell 1 with
4-light casement having pintle hinges and leaded lights to both floors,
gabled roof dormer with casements with pintle hinges. Forward C18 2-storeyed
wing across chimney bay and second cell, wide chamfered angles; colourwashed
brick, hipped roof of black glazed pantiles, doorway to ground floor,
recessed sash with glazing bars to first floor; right return of wing with
small 2-light casement with pintle hinges in larger recess. Right return
of range to east: forward bow window to whole return having sashes with
glazing bars, wood pilasters and entablature, blank wood panels. Single
storeyed link to right between C16 and C19 ranges, glazed lean-to in front
of double casement with leaded lights and wrought iron lozenge bars; two
plaques showing crest of bird. Interior: timber frame; stack enclosed to
first cell, large fireplace with bressumer to second cell; left end wall
to ground floor removed and half bay incorporated into early C19 lean-to,
polygonal beams and lambs tongue stops. Stair to front of stack of first
cell, bread cupboard to front of stair from C18 forward wing. First floor
with apparent window frame to rear of first cell; diagonal braces. Attic:
first cell with 2-tier roof of tenoned purlins, thin collars, wattle and
daub partition to half bay; second cell with higher floor, staggered purlins,
no collars, diagonal braces. Full width single storey link with north range
of several builds including a breadhouse to west end with bread over, stack
shared by lean-to of end half bay. Early C19 range to north: for a member
of the Kemp family, 3 bays, 2 storeys, 2 stacks to rear behind bays 1 and
3; central bay breaks forward under hipped roof. Recessed sashes with
glazing bars 2 x 6 panes to ground floor, 2 x 5 panes to first floor, having
one vertical bar only, flat arches. Central doorway with flanking fluted
Doric columns and classical entablature with mutules, triplyphs and guttae;
double-leaved panelled outer doors, panelled reveals, part glazed
double-leaved inner doors. Returns with similar sashes, left return with
doorway having wide moulded surround. Interior: open string curved staircase
with stick balusters and wreathed mahogany handrail. Fixed stair light
with glazing bars having panes of C16 Norwich School glass depicting Kings
of England from William I to Henry VII. Ground floor room to left with
acanthus leaf frieze and semi-circular headed recesses to left and right
of fireplace; room to right with reeded fire surround with patera service
courtyard to west of C16 range having narrow single storeyed range to west
in brick with pantiles, curved angles with curved plain tile roof. Attached
wall: to south-east angle of C16 range in Flemish bond; bowed central
section with stone pineapple above stone plaque showing wheatsheaf and sickle
inscribed K / 1801 (John and Elizabeth Kemp).
Erected to commemorate a bumper harvest.

Listing NGR: TG1986402410

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Source: English Heritage

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