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Nolton Rectory

A Grade II* Listed Building in Nolton and Roch (Nolton a'r Garn), Pembrokeshire

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Latitude: 51.821 / 51°49'15"N

Longitude: -5.0967 / 5°5'48"W

OS Eastings: 186677

OS Northings: 218128

OS Grid: SM866181

Mapcode National: GBR CD.WJGQ

Mapcode Global: VH1RB.LHYD

Plus Code: 9C3PRWC3+98

Entry Name: Nolton Rectory

Listing Date: 1 March 1963

Last Amended: 13 November 1997

Grade: II*

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 12000

Building Class: Domestic

Location: Situated opposite Nolton church in Nolton village.

County: Pembrokeshire

Town: Haverfordwest

Community: Nolton and Roch (Nolton a'r Garn)

Community: Nolton and Roch

Locality: Nolton

Traditional County: Pembrokeshire

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Probably C16 vaulted ground floor of the medieval rectory, refaced and raised in the early C19, such that the external appearance is of a 2-bay Georgian house, and with a cross-wing added to right in 1886 by T.P. Reynolds of Haverfordwest. The 1886 plans show that the original house had a hipped roof, now replaced by gable ends, and a single storey drawing room addition, demolished for the new work. The early C19 work may have been done after the death of the Rev. Moses Grant, rector 1767-1810. One of the oldest continuously used rectories in Wales.


Early C19 facade to left is whitewashed roughcast with C20 concrete tiles to roof and late C19 brick left end stack. Bracketted eaves. Two-storey, two-window range of hornless sashes, two 9-pane first floor windows, one 12-pane to ground floor left. Half-glazed door with overlight, in panelled doorcase with moulded architrave and shelf hood on console brackets with reeded frieze and dentilled cornice. Lean-to on left end wall and two-storey SE rear wing with ridge stack and one E side hornless 12-pane sash. On W side is added range of 1884 with slightly projected rubble stone gable, overhanging eaves and yellow-brick framed window each floor. Casement pairs with top-lights. 2 narrow windows each floor on W side wall.


The ground floor rooms of the front range (except the later W addition) and of the SE rear wing are three late medieval tunnel vaults, plastered over in the early C19. One vault over present front hall, one over dining room to E, and one over rear kitchen. Front vaults have reeded borders to plaster, dining-room has curved S end wall. Probable site of a stair is at NW corner of kitchen where vault is cut away. Recess on W wall.
Dog-leg early C19 stair in angle behind, parallel to front range, with 3-sided stair-hall ceiling. Column newels and stick balusters. Three first floor 2-panel doors, one 6-panel.

Reasons for Listing

Graded II* for the surviving medieval vaulted interiors which are exceptionally rare in a Welsh domestic context, (compare Church Hill Cottage at Manorbier).

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  • II Church of St Madoc
    Situated in Nolton village, on N side of road.
  • II Nolton Chapel
    Situated in Nolton Haven village, on hillside S of the bay, set in walled forecourt.
  • II Trefrane Cliff Colliery Chimney
    Situated about 1 km N of Nolton Haven below the coast road in steep valley just in from the sea-shore.

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