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The Old Rectory

A Grade I Listed Building in Gawsworth, Cheshire East

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Latitude: 53.2249 / 53°13'29"N

Longitude: -2.1665 / 2°9'59"W

OS Eastings: 388977

OS Northings: 369777

OS Grid: SJ889697

Mapcode National: GBR 11M.YWC

Mapcode Global: WHBBV.P6HJ

Plus Code: 9C5V6RFM+X9

Entry Name: The Old Rectory

Listing Date: 25 July 1952

Grade: I

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1139496

English Heritage Legacy ID: 58592

ID on this website: 101139496

Location: Gawsworth, Cheshire East, Cheshire, SK11

County: Cheshire East

Civil Parish: Gawsworth

Traditional County: Cheshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Cheshire

Church of England Parish: Gawsworth St James

Church of England Diocese: Chester

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5/6A The Old Rectory



Rectory, now private house. Late C16. Timber framed with rendered and
painted infill and plain tile roof. Two storeys with attic. Hall
house. Early C19 2-storey gabled porch to centre with pointed arch to
ground floor having roll moulding to rectangular wooden surround with
quatrefoils to spandrels. Jetty to first floor which has two-light
casement window set in close studding. Gable has decorated
bargeboards. To left is hall range with close studded walls and four
arched braces. This has a canted C20 oriel window to ground floor
right with paired 2-light C19 casements at left. Two-light first
floor window at left. To extreme left is a gabled projecting
single-storey wing with slightly projecting C19 window bay. To right
of porch is a late C19 chimney breast in the re-entrant angle with a
canted C19 ground floor bay window adjoining this at right.
Three-light window above and 2-light gabled dormer to attic with
decorated bargeboards. Three and 2-light ground floor windows to
right of this with single light to first floor and similar gabled
dormer to attic at right. To right of this is a projecting
single-storey gabled wing with close-studding and arched bracing and
C20 fenestration.
Rear: Large gabled C19 brick additions to centre and right. To left
is a C19 outshut at ground floor level with close-studded walling to
first floor with arched braces.
Interior: Hall, 2 bays. Truss of cambered tie beam with moulded boss
to centre supported on heavy moulded arched braces with queen posts
above. C20 replacement canted oriel at west end of south wall.
Screened wall at eastern end with three four-centred doors with
moulded frames. Timbered first floor passage above. (Perhaps
originally open gallery). C20 fireplace to North wall incorporating a
C16 panel bearing inscription relating to the Fitton family. To left
of this is a 2-light C15 window with wooden frame, moulded mullion and
ogee heads to lights. Study: moulded ceiling beams with bosses. Mary
Fitton room: Small framing to walls and moulded beams. Moulded
plaster ceiling to passage outside Mary Fitton room. Hall bedroom
truss of cambered tie beam with angled braces. Fireplace of 1724 with
bolection-moulded surround and painted panel to overmantel recording
the restoration of the building by the Rector, William Hall. A later
restoration, in 1873, was by Norman Shaw.
One of the best preserved medium-sized houses of the period in
Cheshire, particularly valuable for the survival of the open hall.

Sources: Nikolaus Pevsner & Edward Hubbard - The Buildings of England,
Cheshire. Raymond Richards, The Manor of Gawsworth. Andrew Saint,
Richard Norman Shaw, 1976, p.411

Listing NGR: SJ8897769777

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