Rec­tory of­fers re­as­sur­ance of his­toric sub­stance

Yorkshire Post - Property - - PROPERTY - The Old Rec­tory, Bolton Percy, near York

Up­stairs, there are five first-floor bed­rooms with three bath­rooms and of­fice, three sec­ond-floor bed­rooms with bath­room and shower room, at­tic and stores.

There is an at­tached twobed­room cot­tage with liv­ing room, kitchen and bath­room.

In­ter­est is high thanks to the lo­ca­tion and its pre­vi­ous use.

“Rec­to­ries are very de­sir­able and it’s not be­cause they are scarce,” says Tim Blenkin.

“There is prob­a­bly one in ev­ery vil­lage with a church. And therein lies the key: the Church of Eng­land, in its hey­day, had bags of money and the pick of the plots. Of­ten the in­cum­bent was a man of con­sid­er­able sub­stance him­self. Re­mem­ber that it was tra­di­tional for the sec­ond son of the “big house” or es­tate to take holy or­ders, viz Ed­mund Ber­tram in Jane Austen’s 1814 novel Mans­field Park. He would be able to af­ford to build the big­gest and best.”

The Old Rec­tory, Bolton Percy, may have in­cor­po­rated an ear­lier build­ing when the present im­pos­ing house was built.


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