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The Rectory (now The Old Rectory & Church End)

The Rectory was occupied by the Rectors of Holford until the retirement of Rev. Peter Birkett in 1978. From 1904 intill 1911 Rev. Pearson Strange was in residence with his family. At this time Rectors employed a large staff. The grounds were used for a variety of functions as there was no Village Hall at the time. The Rev. WE Holme and his wife (1913 - 46) employed two daily staff and Mr Dinham as the gardener, Mrs Holme often played the organ. Rev. Holmes used to call on all his Parishoners once a month.

Tony Andrews, who lived at Woodlands Cottages from 1937 - 45, said '' Jo Moxley, who was the gardener at Woodlands taught us a lot. Reg and I used to mow the churchyard grass and clip the graves, attend to the boiler at weekends and pump the organ on Sundays. Jo looked after the rose gardens, manure was easy to get, it was passed over the wall from the Bartons where Mr. Mantle kept his cows. We did a lot of work in the gardens as well for 3d (old pence) an hour, when Rev Holme gave us a rise to 6d, we felt rich.
 
The Rev. Scholl, who succeeded Mr. Holme came to Holford from Wellington House School, which was evacuated to Alfoxton during the 2nd World War. He encouraged the children to go to the Sunday School and they had their own eucharist (The Eucharist, also called Holy Communion, the Sacrament of the Altar, the Blessed Sacrament, the Lord's Supper, and other names, is a Christian sacrament or ordinance. It is reenacted in accordance with Jesus' instruction at the Last Supper as recorded in several books of the New Testament, that his followers do in remembrance of Him as when he gave his disciples bread, saying, "This is my body", and gave them wine, saying, "This is my blood''). The children also helped in the churchyard. Rev. Scholl married and had his first child whilst living in Holford. After nine years he moved to Stogursey. During his time at the Rectory a flatlet was made available and various people stayed there including Mrs. Scholls Mother from Fiddington.
 
Rev. Brown & Rec Patterson also occupied the Rectory. The last Rector to live there was Rev Peter Birkett, he was very interested in riding and was an enthusiast of cowboys, having visited Canada on numerous occasions. He had a large collection of cowboy memorabilia which was on display around the Rectory. He allowed Clergy from London to use the flatlet for holidays.
 
After Rev Birklett, the church aurthorities decided to combine the living with Kilve. The redundant Rectory was bought by Baroness O'Rourke and her husband, they divided the house up into two parts. The Old Rectory and Church End, developed the Coach House, including the kitchen garden and finally the barn which became Rectory Stables, the later two have entrances in Back Lane.
 
 
  
   
   
   
   

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