In August 1983, The Old Rectory was bestowed with Grade II listed status. Erected in the mid-1800s under the discerning vision of the Reverend John Risley, who assumed the role of rector in 1841, this stately abode holds a fascinating history. According to the "Annals of Akerley," the reverend, out of his own pocket, undertook the construction of this grand edifice and the enchanting gardens that surround it. The Rectory's allure is attributed to Mr. Risley's collaboration with the esteemed architect Sir George Gilbert Scott, renowned for his mastery in the Gothic Revival style. Notably, Scott was concurrently engaged in notable projects such as the Albert Memorial (1863–72) and the Midland Grand Hotel at St. Pancras Station, solidifying his status as one of the foremost proponents of this architectural movement.
About the Project
Securing planning permission, we successfully obtained the green light to dismantle the less harmonious rear extension and a minor portion of the ageing outbuilding, both of which failed to enhance or align with the inherent character of the residence. From an external vantage point, our overarching objective was to create a new single-storey contemporary extension featuring a vaulted ceiling—crafted to be both sensitive to and elevate the ambiance surrounding the listed structure.
A detailed view
Furthermore, the extension brought about a significant enhancement to the internal layout of the residence. It seamlessly introduced a contemporary open-plan family kitchen area, seamlessly blending modernity with tradition, all the while preserving the time-honoured arrangement of the rooms within the original dwelling.
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