The Clergy Houses

Churchyard plan

The historic meaning of 'vicarage' is the job of a vicar, who looks after the people in a parish or other area. Obviously they need to live somewhere and over time the house has become known as "The Vicarage", or "The Rectory" where the Rector lives, or "The Parsonage". The earliest one we have information about was close to the church.

The old Vicarage

A hand-drawn plan shows where. A passage in the Bazaar handbook for 1925 says "There is no 'Vicarage' at Deane. The old one was abandoned ten years ago, and a Faculty granted for its demolition, being beyond repair after a life of from three to four centuries." The vicar (Rev J.R. Line) had moved into a house on Wigan Road. An envelope, postmarked 7th November 1928, is in our possession containing an insurance policy for the Bakewells, addressed to:

Rev. R.C. Worsley
The Vicarage
Broom Terrace
Wigan Road

Broom House is shown on an old map set back from the road near to the Broomfields House (Guest House) at the junction of Wigan Road and Maybreck Close. Broom Terrace was a small row of houses which have been turned into a small hotel called the Broomfields.

Broom Terrace
The Vicarage at Broom Terrace

The Bakewells on Junction Road was previously owned by Alexander Thompson of Bakewell Tin Plate Works, Daubhill, Bolton. We will research a little more which took the name first although if the company made cooking utensils it is likely that the house took the name from the company.

The Bakewells

Rev. K.M. Bishop spent all his incumbency living at the Bakewells. His successor, Rev. R.B. Jackson, took over the old house but soon moved after declaring it too big for his needs. One of the Churchwardens, Tom Stokes, had brought his family up at 234 Wigan Road and was preparing to move to Heaton. A deal was done and Rev. Jackson moved to 234 Wigan Road. Subsequent Rectors have also lived here.

The Bakewells was sold and later converted to a rest home for the elderly.