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The Old Rectory

A Grade II* Listed Building in Down St. Mary, Devon

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Coordinates

Latitude: 50.8242 / 50°49'27"N

Longitude: -3.7849 / 3°47'5"W

OS Eastings: 274378

OS Northings: 104255

OS Grid: SS743042

Mapcode National: GBR L3.XGYN

Mapcode Global: FRA 26YX.K9F

Entry Name: The Old Rectory

Listing Date: 20 November 1986

Grade: II*

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1242601

English Heritage Legacy ID: 442063

Location: Down St. Mary, Mid Devon, Devon, EX17

County: Devon

District: Mid Devon

Civil Parish: Down St. Mary

Traditional County: Devon

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Devon

Church of England Parish: Down St Mary

Church of England Diocese: Exeter

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Listing Text

DOWN ST MARY DOWN ST MARY
SS 70 SW
2/174 The Old Rectory
-
GV II*

House, former rectory. 1846 according to owner and all features are consistent
with that date. Architect, J Haywood. Snecked mudstone with rusticated ashlar
quoins and Hatherleigh stone detail; stone stacks with ashlar chimney shafts;
slate roof.
3-room main block faces south with entrance hall right (east) of centre. Outer
rooms with slightly projecting end stacks and central room (left of entrance hall)
with rear lateral stack. 2 storey front porch and slightly projecting side stack
to first floor room. Rear blocks at right angles to right and left of centre.
The longer (eastern) wing comprises 3 rooms with an axial and end stack. The left
(western) wing includes the kitchen with large outer lateral stack. Stairs housed
in its own block behind the entrance hall and between the rear wings. Its roof is
parallel to main block. 2 storeys with cellar under right end of main block.
Tudor Gothic style. Asymmetrical, yet balanced, front with 5 ground floor and 4
(including porch) first floor windows. Roughly-central 2-storeyed gabled porch
and 2 ground floor windows to left and one to right with flanking single storey
bay windows, the left-hand canted and right-hand rectangular. 3 first floor
gabled dormers. All windows are stone-mullioned with Tudor-arched heads and
contain iron-framed casements with glazing bars. Ground floor bay windows of
rusticated ashlar projecting from each end. Left (west) end bay has canted sides,
hipped roof, moulded cornice enriched with Tudor motifs in relief and carved lions
head water spouts, and each face contains a 2-light window with cusped cinquefoil
heads. Right (east) end bay projects square with embattled parapet and contains
pail: of 2-light windows with uncusped tracery. All other windows on main front
are similar 2-light windows with moulded hoods and lozenge labels and all except
ground floor right have cusped tracery. Porch has 2-centred outer arch with
richly-moulded surround, narrow square-headed lights each side, and 3-light first
floor window. Porch interior is lined with patterns of coloured and shaped tiles
and front doorway is a moulded arch containing panelled and part-glazed double
doors. All roofs are gable-ended and all gables have shaped kneelers and soffit-
moulded coping. Right end stack has divided octagonal chimney shafts and similar
single shaft to porch stack. Others have been removed from left end and kitchen
stacks but other rear stacks have plain chimney shafts.
Rear windows are casements with diamond patterns of leaded glass. Right gable end
includes cellar doorway under the stack. Outer face of right (east rear block
has regular but assymetrical 4-window front of 1, 2 or 3 light square-headed
windows with chamfered mullions and includes 2 dormers. Rear gable end has single
first floor lancet. Inner wall has only inserted C20 door with side light. Stair
block has first floor 4-light window, each light with cusped cinquefoil head.
Rear gable end of kitchen includes first floor Tudor-arched window with uncusped
tracery and 2 small square-headed single light ground floor windows. Outer face
of kitchen has 1 ground floor and 2 first floor 2-light windows including dormer
alongside stack. Secondary Tudor-arched doorway behind small porch in angle
between kitchen and main block.
Original interior is largely intact and includes panelled doors in Tudor arches,
i03ori6thic chimney pieces and a C17 style open well stair.
This is a well-preserved Tudor-Gothic style house with no later accretions and
little detail altered. According to the owner it was built in 1846 by the Rev. W
T A Radford at a cost of 16O0. Radford was squire, parson, patron and incumbent;
also a founder member of the Exeter Diocesan Architectural Society and for half a
century one of leading members of the High Church movement in the Diocese of
Exeter.
Source: Devon C19 Church Project.


Listing NGR: SS7437804255

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