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Old Came Rectory, photographed by Sarah Smith in 1966

Old Came Rectory is a former rectory on the A352 road in Winterborne Came, Dorset, England. It was built in the 19th century for the Reverend William England in a rustic cottage orné style from a plan by the architect John Nash.[1] It is a two-storey building with a thatched roof and walls of cob and rendered rubble.[2][3] It was subsequently the home of William Barnes, who became the rector in 1862 and lived there until he died in 1886.[4] Thomas Hardy visited him there many times, and other literary tenants and guests have included Tennyson, Coventry Patmore, Edmund Gosse, Francis Palgrave, Siegfried Sassoon, Edmund Blunden and T. E. Lawrence.[5][6]

The building was listed for protection as Grade II in 1956.[7] Features include three thatched verandas, french windows and a large garden which contains an orchard and well.[4]

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  1. ^ Sedley Proctor (2016), Old Came Rectory, Leopard, ISBN 9780957455061
  2. ^ The Oxford Guide to Literary Britain & Ireland, Oxford University Press, 2008, p. 12, ISBN 9780198614609
  3. ^ "Winterborne Came", An Inventory of the Historical Monuments in Dorset, London, Vol. 2, South east, pp. 382–387, 1970
  4. ^ a b Michael Billett (1984), Thatched Buildings of Dorset, R. Hale, p. 100–101
  5. ^ Toby Keel (11 July 2017), "A sprawling Dorset cottage for sale where Thomas Hardy met his inspirational mentor", Country Life
  6. ^ Life of William Barnes, William Barnes Society, 2018
  7. ^ Historic England, "Old Came Rectory (1154279)", National Heritage List for England, retrieved 2 September 2018

Coordinates: 50°42′12″N 2°24′48″W / 50.70330°N 2.41343°W / 50.70330; -2.41343