The Old Rectory

30 Oct 1999
The Old Rectory, Buckerell, East Devon, Devon, EX14 3EJ
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This information is taken from the statutory List as it was in 2001 and may not be up to date.


5/99 The Old Rectory -


House, formerly the rectory. C18 or earlier origins, remodelled and altered several times during the C19. In the circa late 1830s the Reverend E.E. Coleridge, a nephew of Samuel Taylor Coleridge, gave the house a less Georgian and more Gothick character by adding a gable to the front, a thatched verandah with arched bays (shown in Spreat's engraving of the church), and incorporating some medieval masonry, possibly originating from the adjacent parish church. The thatch on the roof and the verandah have since been removed, with a later C19 bay window added. C20 renovations.

Whitewashed and rendered, probably stone and cob; slate roof, gabled at ends, with deep eaves and crested ridge tiles; end stacks and axial stack, all with brick shafts.

Plan: L plan: a single depth main range, 3 rooms wide with the main entrance into an axial passage running behind the principal rooms, with the stair rising from the passage against the rear wall; 1 room plan rear left wing at right angles; later, probably C20 block at the right end, C19 brick rear projection.

Exterior: 2 storeys and attic. Symmetrical 3-bay front, gabled to the front in the centre. Late C19 central canted bay to the ground floor with large 4-pane plate glass sashes. Flanked by late C18/early C19 8 over 12-pane sashes; co-eval 16-pane first floor sashes. In the gable, a small arched stone-framed window with carved stone bosses applied at the point of the arch and flanking the sill. The later block to the right is slightly set back with C20 casements. The left return has 2 late C18/early C19 12-pane ground floor sashes and 2 late C20 copies to the first floor; C19 Tudor style attic storey casement with a moulded frame and a hoodmould. Early C19 panelled front door in a round-headed recess with panelled reveals and a fanlight with spoke glazing. The wing, to the left has C20 small pane timber sashes. The rear elevation retains a good late C18/early C19 round-headed stair window. The rear projection has 2 first floor re-used 2-light traceried windows, possibly originating from a medieval belfry. To the left of the projection an arched Gothick doorframe with an arched door with studs leads into the rear of the house.

Interior: Retains circa early C19 joinery including panelled doors and a stair with stick balusters and a ramped handrail. The stair dividing at the top. The arched window to the attic has re-sited tracery to each jamb.

Roof Early C19 king post and strut.

Group value with the church and Sunday school.

Listing NGR: ST1234500316


This is part of the Series: IOE01/0001 IOE Records taken by Anthony Aaben-Reader; within the Collection: IOE01 Images Of England


© Mr Anthony Aaben-Reader. Source: Historic England Archive

This photograph was taken for the Images of England project

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Photographer: Aaben-Reader, Anthony

Rights Holder: Aaben-Reader, Anthony


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