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The Clergy House

External Features:

The Clergy House

The building consists of two sections; the north part is timber-framed, the southern part a Victorian extension with large canted bays and the whole stuccoed. The east and west walls are brick at ground level with hanging tiles above, many with their lower edges curved in the familiar patterns of the 18th and 19th centuries. The north wall is not brick as it would appear to the casual observer, but is clad with mathematical tiles, as seen elsewhere in the town. These are yellow brick colour. The timber-framed section of the house has a tiled roof, but the Victorian section is slated.

The timber-framed part is basically a small 17th- century house with an overall size of 25 ft. by 18 ft. and consisted of two rooms. The eastern facing room which might be described as the hall had a very large brick fireplace and chimney. The stairs probably ascended originally from the back room or parlour. When the Victorian extension was made, a porch was added. This opens into a corridor. To make this, the great chimney was cut through.

Much of the original timbering in the rooms is exposed. This house is now used as offices.

Briscall W., 1987, Discovering Ashford’s Old Buildings, Ashford, LRB Historical Publications

List Entry

List entry Number: 1071116

Grade: II

Date first listed: 19-Jul-1970

  1. 5344 THE CHURCHYARD (South Side) The Clergy House TR 0142 NW 1/143 19.7.70. II GV
  2. The Churchyard elevation is C18. 2 storeys white brick. Half-hipped tiled roof. 2 sashes with glazing bars intact. The side elevation is now tile-hung, mainly with curved tiles and has a C19 gabled porch. The rear elevation was entirely altered in the Mid Cl9 and is stuccoed with 2 canted bays rising through both floors. Doorcase with cornice and brackets.

All the items in the Churchyard form a group, together with Nos 51 to 61 (odd). 61A, 63 to 67 (odd), 67A, 69 to 71 (odd), 75 and the rear part of No 75, High Street.

Listing NGR: TR0103342696