Picture - It is no longer there!
There used to be
a vicarage here. It was a small house which stood in what is now the Church
yard, standing next to the road but at right angles. The garden stretched the
width of the church yard to the wall of the farmyard.
From the mid
1700’s the vicars did not live in Berwick. In 1783 Berwick was served by a
curate who lived in Salisbury!
The house was rented out, and, like much else in the village in the 1840’s was
let to Mr Pinckney, the farmer, for his farm workers.
amalgamation of Berwick Parish with Stapleford in about 1880, the building was
adapted to provide two cottages with gardens. They appear to have been used for
the “poor”, possibly in the place of the cottages which had been replaced by
the Parsonage Barn complex just south of the Boot Inn.
In 1881 Jonathan
Blanchard, a widower aged 81 lived in one, he was “kept by the parish”. He died
in April 1890 in Wilton Workhouse. The other was uninhabited in 1881. In 1891
Louisa Blake a widow aged 40, a washerwoman, with 4 children of her own and
Arthur Fulham a boarder aged 2 from London
lived in one. In the other lived Mary Day a widow aged 68, a shirtmaker, with Alice her granddaughter
aged 7. Mary died only 2 years later. I do not know what happened to Alice.
At the beginning
of this century, when the cottages were described as “a small and wretched
building”, more space was needed in the churchyard for burials. Permission was
given for the destruction of the building and the inclusion of the ground into
the churchyard. Mr Stephen Furness, the landowner who lived in Berwick House,
had it pulled down by fastening the cable of a Traction Engine to its walls.
The driver was probably Arthur Sanger who lived in Flintstones.