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The original building stood in the same spot as the current one but it was nearer the corner.of Carlton Road. The entrance was flush with the road and there was a large glass balcony ('the Gazebo') over the old entrance from which the Rev. Legh Richmond would keep an eye on the village, with the help of a large telescope! The rear entrance was then round the back, in Carlton Road.

The new Rectory was rebuilt in 1839 with a £1000 gift from Miss Anna Maria Higgins of Turvey House (the same lady had also donated money for a church organ and the list of rectors found in the church today).  

The Rectors Legh Richmond

The Rectory in about 1900

Turvey Rectory

The side of the rectory has a strange mural of matchstick-like men in the brickwork.  

On the left is the side of the rectory - click this picture to enlarge it.

On the right are close ups of two of the figures.

Just below the brickwork mural there is a row of cute figures, they are all the same.

I adore the chimneys.  Each is unique and represents a different brick laying style.

With their little castellations on the top, they are so cool.

Chimneys like this would have been terribly expensive to commission.

What better way to show off the wealth and power of the Church?

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On the front of the building there is a little niche.  Inside sits my favorite part of this building - the owl.

I loved this as a child and could not take a walk through the village without stopping

to say hello.  Which is why I have had to include a close up!

Note the cowering devil beneath him - does anyone know if this is significant symbology?

Here is the Rectory as it is today.

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Turvey Rectory c.1910

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Turvey Rectory 2011

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Turvey Rectory - Then and Now

Turvey Rectory - Then and Now

Click this shot of the owl to enlarge

Here are the gables on the South side (on the left)

and East side (on the right) of the rectory.

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On the left is a close up of the beautiful windows of Turvey Rectory.

On the right is a view of the West side of the building, taken from a little way up Carlton Road.

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