I have recently spent quite a bit of time researching in Wiltshire and Somerset and in particular in some of the small villages between Bath and Chippenham. One of my recent house histories, also featured in my latest blog for Country Life, is The Old Rectory in Biddestone.
The house was designed by architect, George Alexander in the early 1840s. It has been suggested that it was in fact built in the 1820s, but documentary evidence, as well as architectural evidence clearly identifies it as built in the early Victorian period, between 1840 and 1850.
George Alexander was a Fellow Society of Antiquaries and the Royal Institute of British Architects, and exhibited at the Royal Academy a number of times between 1831 and 1849, including designs for interiors for St George’s Hall, Liverpool and the Athenaeum Institute in Sheffield.
The early residents were the curates of Biddestone St Peter, but in the 1860s it officially became the home of the rector of Biddestone, Reverend John Emra. It continued as the home of consecutive rectors of Biddestone throughout the 19th and 20th centuries.
For more details – The history of The Old Rectory – Biddestone
And for sales particulars and details from Chesterton Humberts visit our website – The Old Rectory