Winslow Vicarage

rear view of the Vicarage
Rear view of the Victorian Vicarage (2007)

Oxford Diocesan Papers c 1670\1

These documents record the arrangements for rebuilding the Vicarage.

1863







1863
Letter 7 Oct        

I Richard Suter of No 28 Fenchurch Street in the City of London architect and surveyor certify that I have surveyed the house and offices in the Glebe of the Vicarage of Winslow Bucks and that the same is old and dilapidated unable to be repaired and requiring to be wholly rebuilt and that there is no growing timber on the said Glebe nor any of the old materials in the present structure fit to be employed in the new works the old materials I estimate might fetch 34

26 Nov Permission from Bishop of Oxford to Rev Alfred Matthew Preston Vicar of Winslow for rebuilding residence house and offices

We the Rev John Wheeler Hayward Vicar of Grandborough in the county of Bucks and the Rev James Niven Vicar of Swanbourne in the said County of Bucks being two clergymen within the Diocese of the Lord Bishop of Oxford do hereby certify to the said Lord Bishop pursuant to the directions and instructions sent by him to us that we have made enquiry into the state and condition of the buildings upon the Glebe belonging to the Vicarage of Winslow within the said Diocese at the time of the Rev Alfred Matthew Preston, the present incumbent thereof, entered upon the said living which was in about the year of our lord 1863, and do find that the same have by wilful negligence been suffered to go to decay and that they have sustained damage from a want of common and ordinary repair to the account of 158 5s that is to say the vicarage house and premises, the amount of 130, and the buildings on the vicarage farm to the amount of 28 5s And we have also enquired into the money received by the said Rev Alfred Matthew Preston for dilapidations from the former incumbent and do find that he hath received the sum of 158 5s for such dilapidations and that the same hath not been laid out or expended in repairing the buildings upon the glebe belonging to the said living.

Front view of the Victorian vicarage

The photograph above shows the Victorian Vicarage in 2007. In 2011 it was demolished prior to the site being redeveloped. The photograph below (June 2011) shows the rubble from the demolition, and the view from Vicarage Road to Horn Street (shown by the tower of the former Congregational Church) which can seldom have been seen since the Middle Ages. The pre-Victorian Vicarage was on the south side of the plot, i.e. about the middle ground of the photo, and it would have been orientated towards Horn Street or the church, not towards Vicarage Road. In the 1851 Census the Vicarage was listed in Church Street, suggesting that it was approached from where the Girls' School was built in 1865.

The site of the demolished vicarage

Clear (1894, 53):

A Terrier of this date [1631], states there was then a Vicarage House of four bays, a lean-to, another building out-standing, two bays of Housing built by Robert Maynewaring the then Vicar, a yard, orchard, garden, and little close, all being about an acre of ground, and about 57 acres of Glebe besides.

A handwritten description of all the St Albans parishes written in 1705 by an unknown author (Herts RO D/Z53/Z6) cites the same terrier, but gives the date as 1634:

A vicaridge house consisting of 4 Bayes, besides a Study and a Lean to for a milk-house. Two bayes of Housing for a Stable, and other uses built by Robert Manwaring the present Vicar, a yard, Orchard and a Garden, with a little Close, being all together, about an acre of Ground, and 57 Acres of Glebe.

This sale notice for the curate, Rev. Mark Kerr, shows the contents of the Vicarage in the 1830s, and the occupations of a clergyman. In fact, Rev. Kerr only moved to Great Horwood, and was lodging at Brook Hall in 1841, but he had to move out of the Vicarage because of the appointment of a new Vicar.

Northampton Mercury, 27 Dec 1834

For PEREMPTORY SALE,
Genteel and Modern HOUSEHOLD FURNITURE,
LINEN, BOOKS, CHINA, GLASS,
ALE CASKS AND BREWING UTENSILS,
Nag Horse, Pointer and Setter Dogs, three double-bored Guns,
Poultry, Suffolk Cow, Saddles, Bridles, and other Effects,
TO BE SOLD BY AUCTION,
BY DUDLEY & SON,

On Wednesday, 31st of December, 1834, and following day, on the Premises of the Rev. MARK KERR, at the Vicarage House, WINSLOW, Bucks, who is removing to a distant County;

COMPRISING lofty four-post and tent bedsteads, with dimity and cotton furnitures; excellent goose feather beds, wool and flock mattresses, blankets, counterpanes, and quilts;  mahogany and oak chests of drawers, mahogany wardrobe dressing tables, and swing glasses in mahogany frames; painted wash-hand stands, mahogany dining and Pembroke tables, bed and table linen, scroll sofa, dining, drawing-room, and chamber chairs;  mahogany portable writing desk, dumb waiter, bureau and barometer, cloth and moreen window curtains, small library of books, oak and painted book stands, German flute, stuffed birds and hare, in glass cases; turkey and Brussels carpets, thirty-day timepiece (by Drury); alarum, wine decanters and glasses, dessert service, tea ditto, blue-and-white ware, tea urn and trays, polished fire irons;  kitchen utensils, in copper, brass, and tin; ale casks, and brewing vessels.

Capital brown nag horse, seven years old;  excellent pointer and setter dogs;  three double-barrel guns;  number of poultry, Suffolk cow;  cock of hay, four bushels of old beans;  saddles, bridles, corn bins, wheelbarrow, dog cubs, ladders, chaff box, hurdles, iron roller, cucumber frames and lights, garden tools, and various other effects.

May be viewed the Day preceding, and Morning of Sale till Eleven o’clock, at which time the Sale will commence.
The whole will be expressed in Catalogues, which may be had at the Inns in the Neighbourhood, and at the Auctioneers’ Office, Winslow.

Copyright 11 January, 2016