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The Old Vicarage

A Grade II* Listed Building in Ovingham, Northumberland

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Latitude: 54.9673 / 54°58'2"N

Longitude: -1.8687 / 1°52'7"W

OS Eastings: 408502

OS Northings: 563635

OS Grid: NZ085636

Mapcode National: GBR HCD0.75

Mapcode Global: WHC3M.8DDV

Plus Code: 9C6WX48J+WG

Entry Name: The Old Vicarage

Listing Date: 20 October 1952

Grade: II*

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1370472

English Heritage Legacy ID: 239477

Location: Ovingham, Northumberland, NE42

County: Northumberland

Civil Parish: Ovingham

Built-Up Area: Ovingham

Traditional County: Northumberland

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Northumberland

Church of England Parish: Ovingham

Church of England Diocese: Newcastle

Tagged with: Clergy house

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22/122 The Old Vicarage

House. Front block right bay C15, the rest mainly various C17 dates and early
C19 but probably with medieval core. Mainly squared stone with Welsh and stone
slate roof. 2 storeys. L-shaped. Front block has doorway right of centre.
4 later semicircular steps up to roundheaded door with moulded imposts and
pendant keystone. 2 windows left and one right, formerly 4-light mullioned but
now all but ground floor left are early C20 casements in original chamfered
reveals. Moulded ground floor string rising above door. Also first floor string.
This facade early/mid C17. On right return a 2-light C15 window with cusped
heads. Projecting wing to rear has date 1694 for Thomas Addison over door with
flattened Tudor arch in square chamfered surround. Also large projecting chimney
breast, partly renewed, projecting brick bread oven, one mullioned window and
various later windows. Rear of this wing has various C18-C20 sashes under C17
hoodmoulds. Rear of front block is early C19 thickening with 12- and 6-pane
sashes but incorporating a C17 two-storey porch with Tudor-arched doorway. Panel
above door in memory of John Bigge, killed 1919. Gabled roofs with one stone
corniced end stack, one similar ridge stack and 2 rebuilt stacks.

Interior has blocked, possibly late medieval, doorway with broadly-chamfered
surround and flat lintel with rounded shoulders. This has drawbar tunnels and
was probably an outside door. It is in right ground floor room with C15 window.
Large fireplace in centre ground floor room has flattened Tudor arch and plaster
reliefs of oak leaves inside fireplace. Further large segmental-headed fireplace
in former kitchen with nailhead on each voussoir. Early C19 staircase but stone
newel of former stair remains. Plaster frieze in upper room with pairs of
affronted dragons; and fleurs de lys in corners of ceiling.

The house was a cell of Hexham Abbey.

Three Jacobean Houses by H. Honeyman: Archeologia Aeliana 4thS. XXXI 1953

Listing NGR: NZ0850263635

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