Former Rectory

This beautiful former Rectory was built by Rev. Richard Anguish in 1637, with the oldest part of the building being the oak-framed front range.


The house was enlarged in two phases onto the rear in the Georgian and Regency periods, in the classical style, with brick walls, slate roof and sash windows.


In the Victorian period, a Dutch gabled, two-storey porch was added and a Reading Room to the side, to help educate the children of agricultural labourers in the village.


The house became private in the 1970s and suffered a fire in the 1980s, when a wing burned down.

Following some research, it was discovered that the house originally had dormer attic windows to the front range, so these were re-introduced and the roof insulated with sheepwool.


The vaulted attic spaces had the modern plasterboard replaced with lime and the oak structure exposed.

Upon removing the cement render on the oldest range, decay was discovered and 1980s blockwork. This was removed and the oak frame skilfully repaired using conservation splice techniques. The range was insulated with sheepwool and clad in breathable wood-wool board and lime plastered again.

An arch-headed, classical style dormer also replaced a C20th roof-light to the rear Georgian range, adding light and views from the attic staircase library.


The C20th conservatory adjoining the Drawing Room was removed, and new tall elegant glazed classical doors were introduced along that wall, matching the style and mouldings of the existing large sashes.

The existing C20th single-storey elements were remodelled with new sash windows and doors to create a courtyard entrance and kitchen, which was opened into a former service room and had a new south-facing window added.

A 1980s wall was remodelled with a new large venetian window which sits behind the Georgian staircase and reintroduces impact and an elegant backdrop.


The house was completely redecorated in breathable paints with new bathrooms and bespoke joinery throughout.

The beautifully natural and bee-happy garden was developed thoughtfully by the owners with guidance from the renowned garden designer Jo Thompson.

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