By Anthony Jennings
It is a finished survey of the social, ancient and architectural value of the English parsonage and its destiny. conventional English rectories and vicarages, bought out of provider by way of the Church, became uniquely fascinating to estate purchasers and are actually adored via their new deepest proprietors. They mix many coveted traits: their superb structure, their air of civilization, their attraction and personality, the normal values and caliber of crucial 'Englishness' which they evoke; their huge gardens and infrequently wonderfully rural destinations. regardless of their old, social and architectural value, there isn't any entire booklet approximately them presently in print. This booklet examines where of rectories and vicarages within the background of the Church and of this state, and strains their evolution during the centuries. It seems to be at their many and sundry kinds of structure, profiling a few person homes and highlighting essentially the most architecturally notable and engaging ones. it truly is handsomely illustrated with caliber colour and black-and-white images. even if rectories and vicarages have had their ups and downs all through historical past, the interval from the early 20th century to the current day has posed maybe the best problem: why, in the event that they are so fascinating, has the Church been promoting off its most interesting homes? "The previous Rectory" examines the contribution to our tradition made via the clerical households who occupied those homes, and appears at many of the recognized humans (and eccentrics) who've been linked to them.