The Old Rectory Hardback

The Story of the English Parsonage

by Anthony Jennings;


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The Old Rectory

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Traditional English rectories and vicarages, sold out of service by the Church, have become uniquely desirable to property buyers and are now cherished by their new private owners. They combine many coveted qualities: their fine architecture, their air of civilisation, their charm and character, the traditional values and quality of essential 'Englishness' which they evoke; their large gardens and often splendidly rural locations. Despite their historical, social and architectural importance, there is no comprehensive book about them currently in print.

The author examines the place of rectories and vicarages in the history of the English Church, and traces their evolution through the centuries. It looks at their many and varied styles of architecture, profiling some individual houses and highlighting some of the most architecturally outstanding and interesting ones. It is handsomely illustrated with quality colour and black-and-white photographs. Although rectories and vicarages have had their ups and downs throughout history, the period from the early twentieth century to the present day has posed perhaps the greatest challenge: why, if they are so desirable, has the Church been selling off its finest houses? The Old Rectory examines the contribution to our culture made by the clerical families who occupied these houses, and looks at some of the famous people (and eccentrics) who have been associated with them.

The Old Rectory by Anthony Jennings was published by Continuum in October 2009. The ISBN for The Old Rectory is 9780826426581.

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Page last updated 6th December 2016
Author / Artist
Book FormatHardback
PublisherContinuum (October 2009)
Weight771g
Number of Pages336
Thickness36 mm
Height244 mm
Width169 mm
ISBN9780826426581
ISBN-100826426581
Product Code1941335
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