Parsonage area

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 PARSONAGE AREA.

There was a parsonage in Berwick as well as the vicarage. Unusually for Berwick the boundaries of this area are not the same as today.

The Parsonage House was directly opposite The Cottage, now that area includes The Stables shed and garage, the top of the drive to The Barn and the corner of Godwins  drive/garden. The house itself bordered the road.

It was called The Parsonage House but it is unlikely that a parson had lived there from well before the 18th century. It was owned by the main landowners and leased out - like most of the rest of the village houses. Throughout the late 18th and 19th centuries

it was leased to the main farmer and probably used for this employees. In late Victorian times the Parsonage House and Buildings and the cottages were cleared and a complex of barns, stables and yards were built from the road down to

the river. The main barn was used for dances, harvest and celebration suppers etc. It had a stage at the southern end, which was really for loading waggons.

In the 1940’s this yard was converted into two houses. The stables were converted into a house by Mr E Collins in 1941 (it was thatched then). The barn was converted into a house in 1944/45. The remainder of the barns, yards etc were demolished, except for the shed on the end of the drive to The Barn. This contained - and still contains - the village pump.

 

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3 COTTAGES NORTH OF PARSONAGE HOUSE (Now gone).

As well as the Parsonage, there were 3 cottages (now all gone) north of the Parsonage, before reaching the cottage (also gone) which was south of the Boot Inn. These were part of the Parsonage “Estate”.

The sites of these three were roughly where The Stable and its garden are now. The cottages were on the road. One stood on its own, but was “down” by 1812.

The other two (probably semi-detached), had very small plots, they were let to the Overseers of the Poor by 1770. At that time it was the responsibility of each village to support those who could not support themselves - the elderly, infirm, widows and children etc. This was done within the village until the advent of the hated workhouses.

By 1815 only one cottage was left and by 1843 even this one had gone. The buildings, what little there was left of them, were probably incorporated with the Parsonage yard and buildings.

After this paupers appear to have been housed in the converted vicarage, which was in the churchyard in front of the church. Later still they were sent to the Workhouse at Wilton (now Moody’s furniture store).

 

 

 

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