A brief history
(According to Rob)
Bagshaws 1851 directory says that "Ercall Park is a handsome structure,
the residence of William Holt Midgley, Esq.; it is built in the Elizabethan
style of architecture, and beautified with shrubberies and pleasure grounds
tastefully laid out; the house is surrounded by large enclosures containing
some thriving plantations." The Elizabethan period of architecture
was from 1558 to 1603, Ercall Park has been in existance before the current
house was built.
The house was built in around 1848 for George Townsend Forrester according
to the 1851 directorys. Bagshaws says "a modern structure built within
the last three years, with farm premises on a scale of considerable magnitude"
while the other 1851 directory includes "is a wooden structure"
in the write up.
Now known as the Old Vicarage, this was apparently built between 1689-1694.
This stands to the right as you go up Shop Lane. It was as the residence
of the Vicar until the Rectory was built.
Now known as the Old Rectory was built between 1856 and 1860 when
George Edge Larden M. A. was the Vicar of High Ercall although it was
apparently planned prior to this. It is the last house on the right as
you leave High Ercall and head towards Roden. It was last used as the
residence for the Vicar when Stephen Bailey was the Vicar of High Ercall
and the New Vicarage was built where the Public House, The Darlington
Arms, once stood.