Our Story

The oldest record of The Old Rectory dates to the 1600’s. However, we can confirm that from 1914 The Old Rectory was rented to Monk & Co. The Church authorities eventually decided the Rectory was surplus to their requirements and in 1945 it was sold to a Mr and Mrs Barnett for £2650. Five years later it was brought by Brigadier Alec Pendock Aveline of the Royal Berkshire Regiment who fought in the 1st World War and was awarded the Military Cross in 1917 for undertaking a raid on a German trench, resulting in the capture of 52 Germans. In the 2nd World War he commanded the depot at Deolali in India, impressing all he encountered with his devotion to duty. He was subsequently awarded the CBE.

In 1959 the Rectory was brought by Dr Walter Ormerod of the London School of Tropical Medicine and his wife Elizabeth, who was a descendant of William Gladstone. The Ormerods had eight children and two cousins that also lived with them. After Walter died in 2012 and his wife in 2014, the family sold the Rectory in 2015 to a local Padworth Common resident and business man, Brian Jenkins.

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After nearly 4 years of extensive renovations the entire property has been brought into the 21st century whilst keeping the buildings wonderful character and charm. All six bedrooms have been finished to a high standard and we have transformed one of the lounge rooms into a stunning oak bar. We received our wedding licence and subsequently added the final edition, our stunning orangery in May 2019, creating an elegant space to seat up to 140 guests.

There are plenty of reasons to get together and we believe our stunning setting is the perfect venue to host your wedding or any celebration. The team at The Old Rectory, consisting of Brian’s family and friends, work hard to ensure all events run smoothly and are tailored to your requirements. With The Old Rectory in charge, you can relax with a drink and enjoy the company of family and friends.

We are delighted that you are considering us for your occasion and please do get in touch with a member of our team to start planning your event here with us.

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