After many years of searching, we have at last found a picture of the Old Rectory in Occold. We found it on an Ebay listing for the original postcard but, regretably, this had already been sold and details of the buyer not known. The seller of this postcard is more than happy that we use this photo of the item. Unfortunately, it had his logo splahed in bright red across the picture so we have had to do some tricky image manipulation to get this result. So if you see anomalies across the middle of the picture, you will know why!!
We have also tried to find out more about the Old Rectory and below is a summary of what we have found so far...........
It was only built in 1846 so when and why was it demolished? My guess would have been that the Church could not afford it's upkeep and sold it off to a developer. If so, that developer might have demolished it in order to build the exiting houses in Old Rectory Gardens. But these houses do not look very old (around mid-1980's?) but nobody can seem to remember the Rectory so that could be completely wrong! It could be that someone who knows more may not be accessing this website so an appeal to put the word around to see if we can get any more information as part of the history of Occold.
We will update this page as and when further information becomes available. Maybe someone out there reading this can shed some light??
You wait a long time and then 2 come along together! A later picture of the Rectory - courtesy of Dennis Smith.