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Name:Somersby House (The Old Vicarage), Somersby
HER Number:42835
Type of record:Building

Summary

A rectory, now house, dating from the mid 18th century.

Grid Reference:TF 342 725
Map Sheet:TF37SW
Parish:SOMERSBY, EAST LINDSEY, LINCOLNSHIRE

Full description

This is the birthplace of Alfred Lord Tennyson. The east wing on the south side, in 'Carpenter's Gothic', designed by George Tennyson, has been trimmed of its Gothic bits. The brick laying was done by the coachman, Mr Howlings. The main part of the house has an elegant, perhaps late Georgian staircase. {1}
The rambling old rectory is an attractive Georgian building, painted white with a small balcony, an oriel window and a pantiled roof. The large gothic dining room, with its tall gables, was added in 1819, designed by the poet's father, and built by his coachman, Hollins. {2}
A rectory, now house, dating from the mid 18th century which underwent alterations in the later 18th and 19th centuries. It was constructed of colourwashed red brick and has a pantile roof. For the full description and the legal address of this listed building please refer to the appropriate List of Buildings of Special Architectural or Historic Interest. {3}


<1> Nikolaus Pevsner and John Harris, with Nicholas Antram, 1989, Buildings of England: Lincolnshire (Second Edition), P660 (Bibliographic Reference). SLI1062.

<2> 1973, A GUIDE TO TENNYSON'S LINCOLNSHIRE, P2 (Bibliographic Reference). SLI819.

<3> Department of the Environment, 1987, List of Buildings of Special Architectural or Historic Interest, 2/71 (Index). SLI7138.

Monument Types

  • VICARAGE (Post Medieval - 1750 AD to 1799 AD?)
  • HOUSE (Post Medieval to Modern - 1800 AD? to 2050 AD)

Protected Status

  • Listed Building

Sources and further reading

<1>Bibliographic Reference: Nikolaus Pevsner and John Harris, with Nicholas Antram. 1989. Buildings of England: Lincolnshire (Second Edition). P660.
<2>Bibliographic Reference: 1973. A GUIDE TO TENNYSON'S LINCOLNSHIRE. P2.
<3>Index: Department of the Environment. 1987. List of Buildings of Special Architectural or Historic Interest. 2/71.