25 High Street, The Old Parsonage
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This may have been the site of the “church house” built for the curate of Wheatley chapel on land belonging to the Lewknors, tenants of the Manor at the end of the 15th century.
There was a house, whether this one or a re-build, on this site in 1612, although the present house is 18th century. Wheatley, being part of Cuddesdon parish, would have had a curate when it had a chapel at the top of what-is-now the Memorial Garden and before St Mary’s Church was built. The house name derives from a parson being a generic term for any member of the clergy. Rev Elton rejected the house finding it ‘dilapidated and unfit for use’ and instead built the rectory, now Morland House, the doctor's surgery.
In the 1930s, the house name is recorded as 'Ivy Lodge'. Before this and, presumably the same house, Mrs Gale lived at Ivy Lodge as shown in the street directories for 1899 and 1911. In 1920, Miss Harding was living here, and, in 1939, Herbert Brazil was living at the re-named Old Parsonage.
In the 1960s the Scully family lived here.