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The Old Rectory, Whitchurch Urban

Description: The Old Rectory

Grade: II*
Date Listed: 1 May 1951
English Heritage Building ID: 260602

OS Grid Reference: SJ5417642043
OS Grid Coordinates: 354176, 342043
Latitude/Longitude: 52.9738, -2.6838

Location: Whitchurch, Shropshire SY13 1LF

Locality: Whitchurch Urban
County: Shropshire
Country: England
Postcode: SY13 1LF

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Listing Text

SJ 54 SW
1/48 The Old Rectory
1.5.51 (formerly listed under
London Road)

Rectory, now house. Formerly dated 1749. Red brick with some grey sandstone
ashlar dressings. Slate roof. Main block with service wing adjoining to south-
east. 2 storeys and attic over basement with 2-storey service wing. Plinth
with moulded brick top, stone cornice band, and parapet with stone coping.
Integral brick end stack to right and external brick end stack to left. 3 flat-
roofed dormers with 2-light wooden casements. 5 bays; boxed glazing bar sashes
with stone cills and gauged-brick heads (2 ground-floor sashes to left with
bars removed to form 4 panes). Basement windows, blocked to left and with
2-light wooden casements to right. Central door with 6 raised and fielded
panels, moulded stone architrave and painted stone Tuscan doorcase with
pilasters supporting entablature and triangular pediment. 3 stone steps up
to door. Left-hand gable-end: plinth. 2 bays; right-hand bay with first-
floor fixed sash, ground-floor blind window and basement window. Full-
height canted bay to left with moulded wooden eaves cornice and hipped slate
roof; 3 glazing bar sashes to each floor, fixed to first floor. Rear:
plinth and stone cornice band. 5 bays; boxed glazing bar sashes, some
replaced with late C18 glazing bar sashes and mid-to late C20 small-paned
metal casements. Set-back service wing adjoining to south-east. T-plan.
2 storeys. Plat bands (with raised top course), dentil brick eaves cornice
(bricks on side), and parapeted gable ends, those to central wing sith stone
coping. Brick ridge stack off-centre to left, tall square brick ridge stack
off-centre to right, and wing with pair of integral brick end stacks. Left-
hand part with 2 first-floor boxed glazing bar sashes, 2 ground-floor C18
leaded wooden cross windows to left with wrought-iron catches (left-hand
window partly obscured by later addition in angle) and flat brick arches,
and C18 door to right with 6 raised and fielded panels, pegged frame with
double-quirked beading, and shaped brackets supporting flat hood with 2-
panelled soffit and moulded cornice. Right-hand part with 2 first-floor
boxed glazing bar sashes, blocked ground-floor window to left, and sash to
right, later cut down to form door (see straight joints). Central wing, with
2 gables to front. Probably late C18 (see straight joints). 2 first-floor
boxed glazing bar sashes. Left-hand return front with blind first-floor
window (painted in imitation of a sash) and ground-floor C20 three-light
casement, and right-hand return front with first-floor boxed glazing bar
sash (16-pane) and 2 ground-floor segmental-headed leaded wooden cross
windows. Rear of service wing with plat band and dentil brick eaves
cornice. 7 or 8 bays with first-floor boxed glazing bar sashes, and
ground floor with mid-C18 wooden cross windows to left and late C18
glazing bar sashes to right. Two-storey C19 addition in angle of main
block and service wing. Interior of house: largely complete mid-C18
fixtures and fittings. Entrance hall with dado panelling, windows with
moulded architraves and panelled shutters, and moulded plaster cornice.
3-flight rectangular-well oak staircase to right, with landings, open
string with cut brackets, moulded nosings, column-on-vase balusters (each
tread with central unfluted column on plain vase flanked by barleysugar
columns on wreathed vases), and ramped moulded handrail, wreathed to fluted
Doric columnular foot newel. Balustrade returns to landing. Ramped C18
dado with panelled dies. Dog-leg oak back staircase with winders, closed
string, column-on-vase balusters, moulded handrail, and square foot newel post.
Left-hand ground-floor room: moulded plaster cornice. Fireplace with marble
slip, lugged architrave with egg and dart enrichment, frieze and dentil
cornice. Back corridor with partly fluted plain panelling. The house stands,
along with a former coach house (q.v.), in a moated site. The house is notable
for its complete mid-C18 interior.

Listing NGR: SJ5414241758

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Source: English Heritage

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