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Barrowby's RectoryThe Rectory seems to have been built in 1588, according to a date stone.
Pevsner says it was Gothicised and stucoed in the early nineteenth century. This must have been after 1822 as an inventory dated 10th July 1822 states that the property is built of stone with brick additions and covered with Swithland slates (more correctly Charnwood slates). This since-replaced roof is probably the oldest-known use of Charnwood slate in Barrowby.
Until around 1822 the house had been twice as big. Plausibly the plan was hitherto more symmetrical, meaning there was a south wing matching the surviving north wing.
In 1822 the many outbuildings included a coach house, which had been adapted from a pigeon house (or dovecote).
Further work was done in 1905 as a second date stone was added over the front door. At this time an aviary was added.
The roof is now plain tiles and the supporting timbers are nineteenth century. My guess is this dates from the 1905 restoration.
Extensive restorations in 1991 presumably followed on from the property being sold off as a private residence.
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Cryer 1979 p11–12
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