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The Old Vicarage, Stable and Bothy

A Grade II Listed Building in Charlton (Upavon Ward), Wiltshire

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Latitude: 51.3033 / 51°18'11"N

Longitude: -1.8326 / 1°49'57"W

OS Eastings: 411765

OS Northings: 156036

OS Grid: SU117560

Mapcode National: GBR 3X4.CGF

Mapcode Global: VHB4R.6H1Q

Entry Name: The Old Vicarage, Stable and Bothy

Listing Date: 4 October 2006

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1391773

English Heritage Legacy ID: 495577

Location: Charlton, Wiltshire, SN9

County: Wiltshire

Civil Parish: Charlton (Upavon Ward)

Traditional County: Wiltshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Wiltshire

Church of England Parish: Charlton St Peter

Church of England Diocese: Salisbury

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The Old Vicarage, stable and bothy


A vicarage built in the early 1840s, of red brick, with a tiled pitched roof featuring decoratively moulded kneelers. The architect is not known.

The vicarage building has a roughly square, central-staircase plan, with a three-bay northwest/southeast principal range, a two-bay wing to the northwest, and a former service range to the northeast. The gable ends of the two domestic wings have decoratively moulded kneelers. The building has three large, brick chimney stacks; two on the southeast slope of the principal range and one on the gable end of the service wing. The building has symmetrically arrayed sash windows of 6/6 panes on the ground floor and 3/6 panes on the first floor, with brick flat arches to the southwest front, the northwest façade and to the rear.

The principal facade to the southwest has a central, brick entrance porch, flanked by a sash window on either side and three more above. The porch has a tiled roof with decoratively moulded kneelers, similar to those on the building's gable ends. It has a central, three-centred arched doorway in stone with panelled/glazed door, flanked by two chamfered mullioned stone windows.

The north-west is defined by a projecting gable end with a rectangular glass conservatory, added in the late C20 (not of historic interest), with a sash window above and a small 4-pane casement window on the attic storey. The two bay façade to its left has four sash windows.

The rear of the building to the northeast is defined by a projecting gable end with a sash window on ground floor level, and to the left, the former service wing which has a sash window on first floor level and a door and casement window to the ground-floor level, inserted in the late C20.

On the ground floor a large hallway gives access to the principal rooms to the northwest, a stone Tudor style fire place, and to the southeast, a plain wooden fire surround. In what was formerly the kitchen to the north, there is a large fireplace for a former range. All original doors, cornices and skirting boards are evident. The hallway is dominated by an open-well half-turn staircase (with contemporary cellar below), with stick baluster, mahogany wreathed handrail and curtail step, and is lit from above by a small octagonal lantern. Upstairs all original doorways, skirting boards and fire surrounds, (one with original grate), survive. A small wooden stair from the landing leads to the attic, probably former servants' rooms, and parts of the timber crown post roof are exposed.

Circa 8 metres north of the vicarage stands a stable and gig house, with former grooms' accommodation above. It is contemporary with the house and built of brick, with a tiled pitched roof. The door openings to the south were probably widened at a later date, and to the rear is a lunet window (now filled in with brick), formerly lighting the gig house. Internally, the building has a timber framed roof, brick and quarry tiled floors, and retains some features including horse box panelling along the wall, a fixed fodder rack, a vertically planked door with strap hinges linking stable and gig house, a fixed ladder leading to the attic space above the gig house in which remains of plastering are apparent. Circa 3 metres east of the house stands a small, contemporary garden bothy built in brick with a pitched tiled roof.

The Old Vicarage in Charlton is a characteristic clergyman's house in late Georgian style dating from the early 1840s; it stands close to the Grade II* listed parish church. It is relatively unaltered externally, and internally its principal rooms remain unchanged in plan and retain the majority of their fixtures and fittings. Its associated contemporary outbuildings (including stable with gig house and groom's accommodation above) and garden bothy, are also mostly intact and contribute to the historic interest of the vicarage.

The Victoria County History for Wiltshire, vol 10, (1975), pp 33 - 40
B Cherry and N Pevsner, The Buildings of England: Wiltshire (1985, 2nd edn),p 164
Tithe Map of Charlton, 1841
First edition Ordnance Survey

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