The Old Rectory: The Story of the English Parsonage by Anthony Jennings

By Anthony Jennings

This can be a finished survey of the social, historic and architectural value of the English parsonage and its destiny. conventional English rectories and vicarages, offered out of carrier via the Church, became uniquely fascinating to estate dealers and are actually loved by way of their new inner most proprietors. They mix many coveted features: their high-quality structure, their air of civilization, their allure and personality, the normal values and caliber of crucial 'Englishness' which they evoke; their huge gardens and sometimes wonderfully rural destinations. regardless of their historic, social and architectural significance, there's no complete e-book approximately them at present in print. This e-book examines where of rectories and vicarages within the historical past of the Church and of this state, and lines their evolution throughout the centuries. It appears at their many and sundry forms of structure, profiling a few person homes and highlighting one of the most architecturally remarkable and engaging ones. it truly is handsomely illustrated with caliber colour and black-and-white images. even supposing rectories and vicarages have had their ups and downs all through background, the interval from the early 20th century to the current day has posed probably the best problem: why, in the event that they are so fascinating, has the Church been promoting off its most interesting homes? "The previous Rectory" examines the contribution to our tradition made via the clerical households who occupied those homes, and appears at a number of the recognized humans (and eccentrics) who've been linked to them.

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The king broke with parliament. In 1645 came civil war, resulting in the abolition of the monarchy in 1649. Justices of the Peace took over church courts. 2,425 out of 8,600 incumbent clergy were evicted, and presbyterians and baptists took over. 5 Richard Reynolds, rector of Stoke Fleming, fled his parsonage disguised as a farmer. When Cromwell’s soldiers asked him the way to Stoke Fleming, he gave directions, adding that he hoped they’d catch that old malignant Reynolds. Peter Grigg, curate of Churston Ferrers, recited the Lord’s prayer with a pistol at his head.

New taxes were levied for the Napoleonic wars, and food prices went up. Woodforde was well off. At Long Melford the advowson was bought for £2,600 in 1783 and sold for £15,000 in 1819. But poorer incumbents found parsonage upkeep difficult. The Clergy Residences Repair Act of 1776, the first of the so-called Gilbert Acts of Thomas Gilbert, was a breakthrough, and allowed Queen Anne’s Bounty to lend money for improvements. It was still not until 1809 that Sydney Smith was an early beneficiary. Then in 1811 the Bounty started lending for new building too.

William Lane, rector of Ringmore, hid in his church tower for three months, as the intruding cleric preached below. Puritan committees allowed for compensation to those evicted to the extent of one-fifth of the living, but many of those who took over the parsonage did not pay. Milton (1608–1674) thought the lay presbyters just as good as the old hierarchy. ’ Civil war was devastating not only to the clergy but to their parsonage houses. Some were deliberately attacked, and they suffered neglect and dilapidations.

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