Pining for a parsonage?
The Murder at the Vicarage by Agatha Christie The Vicar of Nibbleswicke by Roald Dahl Barchester Towers by Anthony Trollope The Rector’s Wife by Joanna Trollope Lark Rise to Candleford by Flora Thompson
Keeping Mum (2005), in which Rowan Atkinson plays a reverend who, unwittingly, has his murderous mother-in-law (Maggie Smith) to stay
ITV’S Grantchester, from the novels by Archbishop’s son James Runcie, in which Anglican-vicar-cum-amateur-sleuth Sidney Chambers (James Norton) helps an overworked policeman solve crimes
An eight-bedroom Grade Ii*-listed rectory has come to the market in Lower Brailes, Warwickshire, with Knight Frank at £2 million (01789 867263). Parts date back to the 14th century and, inside, its exposed timbers, sash windows and oak staircases are to be admired. The gardens total 1.2 acres laid to lawn and are accompanied by a south-facing terrace
Closer to the Georgian ideal is The Old Rectory in Norwich (below), a handsome Grade Ii-listed country house with secluded gardens, on the market with Savills at £1.65 million (01603 229229). Some of the house was built in 1735 and it boasts a Victorian drawing-room addition