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Doncaster (Metropolitan Authority)
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SE 54412 14055


NORTON HIGH STREET SE 51 SW (north side), Church Hill, Campsall

3/77 The Old Rectory 5.6.68 (formerly listed as Campsall Vicarage) GV 1 Vicarage now a private house. c1400 with c1800 additions; C19 and C20 alterations. Ashlar magnesian limestone, the later additions pebble-dashed; stone slate roof. 2 storeys; T-shaped medieval house with oblique cross-wing across north end of hall-block, the latter having the c1800 additions to its east. Entrance front (to west): chamfered plinth. Hall-block on right has C19 moulded, pointed doorway with 2-light chamfered, mullioned window on left and C19 cross-window on right; beyond, on right, a lateral stack with offsets which terminates at the eaves. 1st floor: C19 cross-window flanked by blocked original window openings; rendered ridge stack. Gabled wing on left has lst-floor casement and rendered end stack; the short right return of the gable lit by 16-pane sash beneath casement with glazing bars. Rear: cross-wing gable on right has C20 casement beneath 3-light Perpendicular window with panel tracery and hollow-chamfered hoodmould with mutilated stops; gable copings with apex cross. Left return: chamfered surround to part-glazed door with stained-glass overlight; on left are two C20 casements with glazing bars, that to right in C17 or earlier chamfered surround. 1st floor: 2 similar windows, that on left in original opening with grotesque head-carved hoodmould stops; brick gable to right of centre with cross-window and end stack. Right return: hall-block gable has enlarged ground-floor opening with glazed door flanked by sashes with glazing bars beneath hoodmould of earlier mullioned window; large medieval window opening over has sash with Gothick glazing bars beneath pointed arch and hoodmould with head-carved stops; gable copings with apex cross. Addition on right has mock-ashlar render.

Interior: northern ground-floor room of hall block has original studded partition with 2 ogee-headed doorways (that to west renewed); 2 original studs survive above. Non-original 1st floor of this room removed c1980 to make an open-galleried hall off which, to east, opens a 1st-floor doorway of c1400 with double-quadrant moulding and 2-centred arch. Hall-block roof of 3 bays terminating at closed truss over the stud partition; arch-braced collars to principal rafters with side and collar purlins; collared common rafters, no ridge piece. The closed northern truss has tie beam; purlin mortices on north face suggest the roof continued. West wing: medieval shouldered-arched ground-floor doorway. East wing: 1st-floor room, probably a former chapel, has original roof similar to that of hall-block but of 2 bays with end and central trusses having arch braces forming a continuous pointed arch.

The building, as a 1st-floor hall of c1400, is late for that tradition; the heated ground-floor of the hall-block indicates a habitable domestic use beneath what was, perhaps, an assembly room of some importance. The Church of St. Mary Magdalene (q.v.) situated opposite is known to have held great wealth in the C13. In 1481 Edward IV granted the rectory to the Benedictine nunnery of Wallingwells (Nottinghamshire), it being appropriated to this purpose in 1482 by Thomas Rotherham, Archbishop of York who ordained that the church should in future be served by a vicar, rather than a rector, appointed by Cambridge University. At the Dissolution much of the income of Wallingwells was derived from Campsall,

D. Hey, The Making of South Yorkshire, 1979, p104, plate 52.

P. F. Ryder, survey record in County Ancient Monuments and Sites Record, Sheffield, primary index No. 306, 1981.

Listing NGR: SE5441314058


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Books and journals
Hey, D , The Making of South Yorkshire, (1979), 104


This building is listed under the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) Act 1990 as amended for its special architectural or historic interest.

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