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The Old Rectory, Melsonby

Description: The Old Rectory

Grade: II
Date Listed: 4 February 1969
English Heritage Building ID: 323379

OS Grid Reference: NZ2007808328
OS Grid Coordinates: 420078, 508328
Latitude/Longitude: 54.4699, -1.6917

Location: 40 E Road, Melsonby, North Yorkshire DL10 5NF

Locality: Melsonby
Local Authority: Richmondshire District Council
County: North Yorkshire
Country: England
Postcode: DL10 5NF

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Listing Text

NZ 2008-2108 (south side)

13/164 No 46 (The Old Rectory)

Rectory, now house. Late C16 - early C17, altered and enlarged 1706 with
further alterations and additions 1789. 1706 work for Rev William Smith,
Rector of Melsonby. Rubble with ashlar dressings, Westmorland slate roofs.
2 storeys, with basement and attic, 7 bays, double-depth plan. East
elevation: 2 storeys. Chamfered offset plinth. Chamfered rusticated
quoins. In fifth bay, part-glazed leaved door in architrave having bases
set within doorcase which has acanthus bells on pilasters, and capitals with
raised triglyphs and guttae, with gadrooning on outer edge merging into
volutes at bases and capitals; cornice, broken pediment with worn cross,
possibly from the church, resting in the tympanum. 15-pane sash windows
formerly with mullion and raised transom, that above door wider and with
bolection moulding on architrave and early-mid C18 thick glazing bars.
Corniced ashlar stacks at left end and between sixth and seventh bays. Roof
half-hipped to left. Rear: 3 storeys, 4 first-floor windows. On ground
floor, between first and second bays, board door in chamfered ashlar
surround; in fourth bay, board door in architrave. Sash windows with
glazing bars in architraves, formerly cross windows as at front, on ground
and first floors, and with thick glazing bars on ground floor; 9-pane
unequally-hung sash windows in architraves on second floor; brick stack
between third and fourth bays. To left, added 2-storey service range dated
1784. Left return: 3 storeys; to left, 1789 range; to right, late C16 -
early C17 range rebuilt in 1706. Left range: on each floor a window in
raised ashlar surround, a sash with glazing bars on ground and first floors,
side-sliding sash on second floor with "1789" inscribed on lintel;
bargeboards to gable. Right range: on the ground floor a 15-pane sash
window in architrave; on the ground and first floors a blocked 3-light
mullion window. Right return: 4 storeys. To the basement, five 2-light
flat-faced mullion windows; on the ground and first floors, a narrow window
and 2 sashes with glazing bars, all in architraves. On the second floor, 2
side-sliding sash windows in architraves, formerly 2-light flat-faced
mullion windows. Interior: ground-floor room to right of door has deal
fielded panelling and shutters, and eared and shouldered overmantel, with
dentil cornice; open well staircase with turned balusters. In the house is
a portrait of the Rev William Smith with a document recording that it was
given in 1796 by one of his nieces, the wife of Rev Thomas Zouch, Vicar of
Wycliffe, with the request that it should remain in the rectorial house, the
east front and north-east end of which Rev Smith had built in 1706.

Listing NGR: NZ2007808328

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Source: English Heritage

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