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Description: The Old Rectory
Date Listed: 3 May 1968
English Heritage Building ID: 235590
OS Grid Reference: SP8642057323
OS Grid Coordinates: 486420, 257323
Latitude/Longitude: 52.2074, -0.7367
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SP8657 YARDLEY HASTINGS RECTORY LANE
17/190 (North side)
03/05/68 The Old Rectory
House, formerly rectory. Built 1701 for Reverend Humphry Betty, altered C20,
Coursed limestone rubble faced with brick, plain-tile roof, brick end stacks.
2-unit central-staircase plan. 2 storeys and attic; 5-window range. Main front
is brick-faced and faces south. Central 6-panel door with fanlight, moulded wood
surround in moulded limestone doorway with round-arched head and keyblock, flanked
by narrow brick pilaster strips topped by moulded stone brackets supporting moulded
brick segmental pediment which frames datestone. Door is approached by 5 stone
steps flanked by low curved stone-coped walls. 12-pane sash windows to ground and
1st floors with stone sills and flat-arched heads. That to 1st floor centre has
raised brick surround with scrolled feet and cut brick serpentine ornament to head.
Blank rendered panels to ground and 1st floors either end with panel moulding and
flat-arched heads. 6-pane sashes to basement with segmental-arched heads, wave-
moulded stone-capped plinth, moulded wood eaves with deep plastered eaves cornice,
3 pedimented roof dormers, that to centre with segmental pediment and shaped stone-
coped gables with kneelers. One-storey-and-attic wing to rear left of coursed
limestone rubble and uncertain date possibly pre-dating main structure. Interior:
hall has bolection-moulded marble chimneypiece and fine panelling from Streatlam
Castle, Durham (dem.1933) early C18 with carved drops to narrow panels flanking
overmantel and door to drawing room, and carved wood garlands to overmantel. Drawing
Room has bolection-moulded marble chimneypiece and handsome early-C18 panelling
from Felling Hall, Newcastle, with Ionic pilasters flanking chimneypiece and round-
arched, semi-domed niche to one corner flanked by thin Ionic pilasters. Early
C18 dog-leg staircase brought in from elsewhere with panelled dado and barley-sugar
twist balusters. Passage leading to staircase from front door now forms part of
hall. Painted wood panelling in 1st floor bedrooms. Principal bedroom has
bolection-moulded marble chimneypiece and is flanked by Ionic pilasters as in
drawing room; panelling resembles that from Felling Hall and may come from same
source. House ceased to be rectory in 1935. Panelling probably installed by Mr
& Mrs Peter Wilson owners from 1949, keen furniture collectors.
(Buildings of England: Northamptonshire: 1973, p472; The Antique Collector June
1968, ppl07-116, illustrating house as furnished by Mr & Mrs Wilson)
Listing NGR: SP8642057323
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Source: English Heritage
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