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The Old Vicarage

A Grade I Listed Building in Embleton, Northumberland

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Latitude: 55.4953 / 55°29'42"N

Longitude: -1.6367 / 1°38'11"W

OS Eastings: 423053

OS Northings: 622445

OS Grid: NU230224

Mapcode National: GBR K40W.GX

Mapcode Global: WHC16.T4TL

Plus Code: 9C7WF9W7+48

Entry Name: The Old Vicarage

Listing Date: 10 January 1953

Last Amended: 1 September 1988

Grade: I

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1041824

English Heritage Legacy ID: 236959

Location: Embleton, Northumberland, NE66

County: Northumberland

Civil Parish: Embleton

Built-Up Area: Embleton

Traditional County: Northumberland

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Northumberland

Church of England Parish: Embleton Holy Trinity

Church of England Diocese: Newcastle

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14/69 The Old Vicarage
10.1.53 (formerly listed
as Embleton
Vicarage. Early C14 house or solar wing reconstructed c.1390 as tower;
kitchen wing mid-C18; major extensions by John Dobson 1828 for Rev. George
Grimes. Tower squared stone and rubble, with south end refaced in squared
tooled stone; C18 wing brick, rendered and colourwashed; C19 parts squared
whinstone with sandstone ashlar plinth and dressings. Welsh slate roofs.
C18/19 parts form irregular H-plan, with link to tower at east end and
conservatory, of stretched octagon plan, at south end of west range. C19
parts in Tudor style.

South (entrance) front 2 + 3 storeys, 5 irregular bays. Chamfered plinth.
Porch bay in centre has double-chamfered arch with hoodmould, under canted
oriel with embattled parapet; plain panel under gable above. Set back to
left a bay with large 4-light mullioned-and-transomed window and 3-light
window above. Set further back to right a lower bay with 2-light transomed
window under single-light window; embattled parapet with small gable in
centre. Slightly-projecting left end bay has single-light 1st-floor window
above attached conservatory. Right end bay is tower; C19 two-light windows
on upper floors are flanked by older chamfered loops, probably re-set.
Embattled parapet with gable of cap-house behind. C19 parts have sash windows,
mostly of 8 panes, in chamfered surrounds under hoodmoulds; coped gables with
moulded kneelers and finials; tall stacks with multiple diagonal corniced

Right return: Tower 3 storeys, 2 wide bays. Broad central stack projection,
corbelled out at eaves level. Square-headed 2- and 3-light windows, some
blocked, those to ground floor C20 but in same style. 16-pane casement in C18
stone surround to 2nd floor right; some blocked medieval loops; embattled
parapet with truncated old brick stacks.

Left return 2 storeys, 3 bays. Central two single-light windows on 1st floor.
Flanking flat-topped canted bays, with 12-pane sashes, under 2-light windows
in slightly-raised panels carried up as gables. Attached conservatory at right
has 12-pane sashes in recessed and hollow-chamfered surrounds; swept and hipped
glazed roof; roof ribs descend to integral cast-iron gutter.

Rear elevation: Tower at left shows 16-pane casement on 2nd floor and various
blocked loops. C18 wing in centre shows two 12-pane 1st floor sashes and
hipped roof.

Interior: Entrance porch has groined vault on moulded corbels, and half-glazed
Gothick door. Tower: ground floor divided into two segmental-vaulted chambers;
north chamber has old chamfered fireplace and pair of pointed doorways. 1st
floor has C18 octagon room with moulded fireplace and domed niches; remains of
old stair in cupboard at north end. 2nd floor has another moulded early C18
fireplace and stone roof corbels. Cap-house has unusual roof trusses with
saddles and additional outer principals carrying purlins. Kitchen wing has
1st-floor room with acanthus frieze, and contemporary fireplace with fluted
pilasters and scroll cornice. Early C19 part: Open-well stair with stick
balusters; coffered ceiling to hall. Drawing room has elaborate vine-scroll
frieze, cornice and floral ceiling rose; dining room has coffered ceiling.
Doors of 6 vertical panels; folding panelled shutters; Gothick and Tudor
fireplaces, with ornamental cast-iron grates.

Historical Notes: Merton College, who held the patronage of Embleton, agreed
in 1332 to provide quarters where the vicar might "live suitably and entertain
visitors decently"; reconstruction seems to have taken place after the parish
was laid waste by the Scots in 1385.

H.L. Honeyman, 'Embleton Vicarage', Archaeologia Aeliana 4th ser. V. (1928)

Listing NGR: NU2305322435

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