Tyneham Rectory was built in 1853 to the west of Tyneham Church. It was an impressive building but it suffered from the elements. Tyneham Rectory is now just a shell.
The new parson’s house begun in April 1853 at Tyneham to the west of the church, about a gun shot from the church.Henry Rolls, Shoemaker & Diarist, East Lulworth
Until 1853, the Rectory occupied Rectory Cottages.
My husband’s grandfather, Nathaniel Bond of Grange, who built the rectory on succeeding to the property, was patron of the living and its holder too. During his long incumbency his brother-in-law, the Reverend William Truell, served as his curate and was resident at Tyneham. The parson’s wife and the curate’s were twin Hawkesworth sisters. Another assistant priest was housed at Steeple in the later years of “Uncle Nat’s” long life.Lilian Bond
The following advertisement gives a flavour of the contents of the Rectory in 1889 when the late Revd. William Truell’s daughter Eleanor was looking to move with her elderly widowed mother Jane to Wimborne Minster.
‘It is a square house, very large for the village, with a tennis court, and looks as if it must have been very jolly in peacetime.2nd Lt David Greville-Heygate, attached to the Loyal North Lancashire Regiment
The rectory roof was built with too shallow a pitch, giving rise to perpetual trouble. The rain poured into the house after storms and hundreds of pounds were spent on repairs with no lasting improvement.Lilian Bond
In 1966, the Rectory suffered major fire damage.
Page last updated: 19 April 2020