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The Old Vicarage, Ovingham

Description: The Old Vicarage

Grade: II*
Date Listed: 20 October 1952
English Heritage Building ID: 239477

OS Grid Reference: NZ0850263635
OS Grid Coordinates: 408502, 563635
Latitude/Longitude: 54.9673, -1.8687

Location: Castle View, Ovingham, Northumberland NE42 6BW

Locality: Ovingham
County: Northumberland
Country: England
Postcode: NE42 6BW

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Listing Text


22/122 The Old Vicarage

House. Front block right bay C15, the rest mainly various C17 dates and early
C19 but probably with medieval core. Mainly squared stone with Welsh and stone
slate roof. 2 storeys. L-shaped. Front block has doorway right of centre.
4 later semicircular steps up to roundheaded door with moulded imposts and
pendant keystone. 2 windows left and one right, formerly 4-light mullioned but
now all but ground floor left are early C20 casements in original chamfered
reveals. Moulded ground floor string rising above door. Also first floor string.
This facade early/mid C17. On right return a 2-light C15 window with cusped
heads. Projecting wing to rear has date 1694 for Thomas Addison over door with
flattened Tudor arch in square chamfered surround. Also large projecting chimney
breast, partly renewed, projecting brick bread oven, one mullioned window and
various later windows. Rear of this wing has various C18-C20 sashes under C17
hoodmoulds. Rear of front block is early C19 thickening with 12- and 6-pane
sashes but incorporating a C17 two-storey porch with Tudor-arched doorway. Panel
above door in memory of John Bigge, killed 1919. Gabled roofs with one stone
corniced end stack, one similar ridge stack and 2 rebuilt stacks.

Interior has blocked, possibly late medieval, doorway with broadly-chamfered
surround and flat lintel with rounded shoulders. This has drawbar tunnels and
was probably an outside door. It is in right ground floor room with C15 window.
Large fireplace in centre ground floor room has flattened Tudor arch and plaster
reliefs of oak leaves inside fireplace. Further large segmental-headed fireplace
in former kitchen with nailhead on each voussoir. Early C19 staircase but stone
newel of former stair remains. Plaster frieze in upper room with pairs of
affronted dragons; and fleurs de lys in corners of ceiling.

The house was a cell of Hexham Abbey.

Three Jacobean Houses by H. Honeyman: Archeologia Aeliana 4thS. XXXI 1953

Listing NGR: NZ0850263635

This text is a legacy record and has not been updated since the building was originally listed. Details of the building may have changed in the intervening time. You should not rely on this listing as an accurate description of the building.

Source: English Heritage

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