Warton Old Rectory

The Old Rectory stands in the village of Warton, and is owned by English Heritage; it has been designated a Scheduled Ancient Monument and Grade I listed building.

Built of limestone rubble walls with sandstone dressings, a cross passage originally separated the full height great hall in the southern side, from service rooms and a first floor chamber in the north. The doorway at the eastern end of the cross passage is interpreted as the main entrance, while the western one led to a garden, both originally had a porch.

A doorway in the northern gable wall led to a courtyard with an external kitchen and well. In the south-west corner of the great hall is a doorway that led to another building which survives as part of the modern vicarage, and the southern gable had an ogee quatrefoiled window under the apex to provide light.

It not known exactly when the rectory was abandoned, but it was a ruin by 1721. The Old Rectory is open to the public, free of charge.

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