The Old Rectory

The Old Rectory, Rectory Street, IP19 8BL
Map No 8

An exceptional Rectory dating back to the 15th and 16th Century, later occupied by Land Girls. By repute there was a house on this site in Saxon times although the central part of the present house dates from the 15th century. It was extended to the north around a hundred years later and in the 19th century the bay windows were added to the south. It was the Halesworth rectory for many years and occupants’ included John Argall the Halesworth Rector of 1600 and Archbishop Whately. The Deed of Sale from the Church will be on display.

After the last Rector CD Hulbert and his wife Violet, who left behind some writing on an old bedroom cupboard, It was the ‘billet’ for visiting Land Girls during World War 2. The Hulberts went off to an air base in Lincolnshire (the base of the Dam Busters) where RD Hulbert was chaplain. After the war Mrs Hulbert refused to live in the Rectory – it was in rather a sorry state after its occupation by the Land Army.

The tour includes admission to the extensive garden with its lake.

Tours: Saturday 21st – 10.00, 11.30, 14.30, 16.00
Sunday 22nd – 10.00, 11.30, 14.30, 16.00
Maximum number 10
One hour
Booking essential via Cut Box Office

Access The ground floor has limited wheelchair access. There are stairs to the upper floors.

Old Rectory Exterior from Moat
Old Rectory Handwritten Note

Written in the bedroom cupboard of the Old Rectory [Interpretation of transcript by Dusha.}

28th of August 1940
We are getting the house ready
it’s a lovely day, the siren
Has just gone – – like
[c….es] The Germans were
over last night.
Violet Hulbert spouse
God save the King  [Pity me]

Violet Hulbert was the wife of the Rector of Halesworth, Rev CD Hulbert who lived in the Rectory. They went off to an air base in Lincolnshire where her husband was a chaplain. It was the base of the squadron known as the Dam Busters. After the war Mrs Hulbert refused to live in the Rectory. It was in rather sorry state after its occupation by the Land Army.

1940 Beccles & Bungay 20 Jul     CURATE of BECCLES Rev Charles Hulbert, to be new Rector of Halesworth, He has been Curate of Beccles for two years and has done excellent work, particularly among young people. Thanks to him and his wife the St Michael’s Youth Fellowship is playing an important part in the life of the parish.